Good Friday is observed by Christians as the anniversary of the crucifixion. This year it was observed on 18th april 2014 all over the world. On Good Friday, Christians typically fast and pray to honor the sacrifices of Christ. Some churches also hold religious processions. Good Friday is a public holiday in India. Government offices, stock markets, schools and colleges remain closed on this day..
Special church services were being organized across the city in different churches like St.Andrew’s church (Sharanpur road), St.Patrick’s church (Deolali camp), Infant Jesus Church (Nashik Road), Holy Cross church (Shalimar), etc. At the St.Andrew’s Church in Nashik, the Good Friday service by the Pastors was focused on the seven words of the Calvary, which is an excellent Holy Week meditation. The Good Friday processions in various churches held from morning 12 am to 3 pm ( Protestant Church service) and noon 3 pm to 6 pm (Catholic church service) . People and devotees from all around the city gathered at the respective churches. The 40-day Lent period came to an end on Good friday. The Holy Week was about remembrance of the last few days of the Lord. It is the time when all Christians pray, observe fast, visit churches and repent for their sins to start their life anew. This began with the Palm Sunday and was followed by – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday which marks the Easter vigil. Thus, to honor the day Jesus Christ was crucified, Christians observe Good Friday, which takes place two days before Easter.