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Why is Good Friday called Good Friday? The meaning behind the name explained

Good Friday is one of the most important days of the Christian calendar, and a key part of Easter. But where did the name ‘Good Friday’ come from?

The most important weekend of the Christian calendar has arrived as millions celebrate Easter.

Supermarket shelves are always awash with chocolate eggs and other sweet treats, but the religious story behind Easter, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, is far more harrowing.

The first day of the Easter weekend is Good Friday, traditionally a bank holiday in the UK.

Good Friday marks the day Jesus died on the cross.

Of course, two days later, Easter Sunday, represents the day Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven.

So why is the Friday, the day Jesus died, called Good?

If you look at it at face value, there’s not much that’s good about a man being nailed to a cross, made to wear a crown of thorns and left to die.

It’s the day Lent has been leading up to as Christians remember how Jesus was flogged before having to carry his cross to a hillside. Once there he was crucified alongside two criminals, despite doing nothing wrong.