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This article is about the religious observance. For the Northern Ireland peace deal, see Good Friday Agreement.

Good Friday
Good Friday
Type Christian, civic
Significance Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ
Date Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday
2012 date

April 6 (Western)

April 13 (Eastern)
2013 date

March 29 (Western)

May 3 (Eastern)
Celebrations No traditional celebrations
Observances Worship services, prayer and vigil services, fasting, almsgiving

Good Friday[nb 1] is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday,[1] or Easter Friday,[2] though the latter properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.

Based on the details of the Canonical gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (John 19:42).[3] The estimated year of the Crucifixion is AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and the crescent of the moon.[4] A third method, using a completely different astronomical approach based on a lunar Crucifixion darkness and eclipse model (consistent with Apostle Peter's reference to a "moon of blood" in Acts 2:20), points to Friday, 3 April AD 33.[5]

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