Georgians Commemorate Good Friday Today

Orthodox Georgians are today commemorating one of the most significant days in the Christian religious calendar, Good Friday, which marks the crucifixion of Jesus and His death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday, preceding Easter Sunday. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.

On Good Friday, orthodox Georgians dye eggs red using 'endela' roots, also called Paschal eggs, which represent the blood of Christ, with further symbolism being found in the hard shell of the egg symbolizing the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolizes his resurrection from the dead.

A traditional sweet Easter bread, Pasca, is also traditionally baked today.

Both the eggs and pasca are traditionally reserved for the Easter feast on Sunday, enjoyed by families around the country. For more information about Georgia Easter traditions, see here

Good Friday is the hardest day for all Orthodox Christians and one of the heaviest fasting days. The very important and interesting ceremony of Deposition of Christ is conducted in churches. 

By Thea Morrison


06 April 2018 10:59