Easter and Good Friday are two important dates in the Christian calendar. These days are celebrated to remember the day of resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion. According to the New Testament, Lord Jesus rose from death after crucifixion on the third day after the burial. The occasion marks the belief that Jesus is the ultimate. It marks the pinnacle of “Passion of Christ”. The occasion is preceded by Lent, which is a forty-day fast, prayer and penance. As crucifixion and resurrection are the cardinal event in Christian beliefs, the follower of Christianity observe these days with complete dedication. It is followed throughout the world and Australia is no different. Easter and Good Friday in Australia are marked with all religious customs and tradition.
The Christians believe that Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday by Pontius Pilate. He was buried in a tomb, but on the following Sunday, his body went missing. It is believed till date that Jesus Christ was brought back to life after his crucifixion on this holy Sunday. To mark his resurrection, Easter or Holy Sundays are celebrated and Good Friday is a day of mourning as Jesus Christ was crucified on this Black Friday. The Easter and Good Friday dates are based on the March equinox and so is celebrated in Australia accordingly.Ideologies of Orthodox Christians in Australia
Australia is the house of many Greek Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox Christians who retained the Julian calendar after the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in Europe. Due to this they have a different date for Easter and Good Friday when compared to the Western Churches. These dates are known as “movable feasts” as they vary based on calendar calculation. The Orthodox Christians in Australia keep fast on Holy Friday as it a mourning day for them. As the day commemorates the death of Jesus by crucifixion, spring flowers are gathered for the epitaph at Church. Liturgies are organized which is then followed by the procession of the epitaph. Although the day is observed by many, it is not a public holiday in Australia.Ways of Celebration by Catholic Church
People in Australia celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday in various ways. Good Friday in Australia marks the beginning of four day long holidays. The religious people mark the day by performing various rituals, whereas less religious minded people take advantage of the long weekend and plan holiday trip. Good Friday on one hand symbolizes mourning and Easter is the time to celebrate.Rituals and Traditions of Good Friday in Australia:
As Easter marks the revival of life, it is the time to celebrate after forty days of Lent. People engage themselves in various activities to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Due to four day long holidays, the entire country is in the mood of celebration. So the shops as well as transport services take a back seat and like any other Christian country, Australia also celebrates the occasion.