Good Friday or Sad Friday?

While I was having a discussion with Jeff about Good Friday this morning, I realized that Good Friday (which I believe is the Western term) is called “Sad Friday” or Aljoumaa Al Hazeeneh (الجمعة الحزينة) in Arabic. I have never noticed this before.

I guess Sad Friday makes more sense (to me at least), as it is the day of the crucifixion. But then again in the Christian faith it is the start of good things to come. This difference in cultural perspective is really intriguing, no?

Anyway, be it Good Friday or Sad Friday, Happy Easter everyone.


  1. Brian Ulrich March 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    “Good Friday” is a corruption of “God’s Friday.”

  2. jareer March 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I faced the same question the other day when I was asked during the Toastmasters session of how we in the Middle East celebrate “Good Friday”. My Indian friend pointed that their version is “Sympathy or sorrow” Friday, while Americans call it Good Friday as opposed to Sad Friday throughout the Middle East. It all depends on which side you look at it from. In the ME, we look at the emotions the first thing, but no matter what you call it, it is true . It is unfair to point to the day that changed the course of history with a one-word-description.
    Happy Resurrection day [ or Easter…another controversy].

  3. Kareem March 23, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Many Christians in the Mid East call it Aljouma Al 3azeemeh (Great Friday).

  4. Elliot March 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I still just say, regardless, TGIF!

  5. raaasa April 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Eastern Catholics, Slavs, who accepted Christianity from the Byzantines, call it “Big or Great” Friday as well.


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