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Why good firday?

  1. Apr 30, 2006 #1
    why "good" firday?

    i was just learning the history of alaska (sometimes i feel an urge to learn about distant lands, last time it was georgia (not the US state)).

    and i got to the part of good friday's earthquake, the greatest earthquake recorded in north america and third greatest earthquake recorded in the whole world.

    131 people died, $1.8 billion in 2006 U.S. dollars and $65 million in 2006 Canadian dollars damage was done.

    why the hell do they call it GOOD friday???!!!

    uhh, ignore this post... it got posted twice, and anyway i found out why it was called that way
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2006
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  3. Apr 30, 2006 #2

    Hootenanny

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    Good friday to me means the day that Christ was crucified. The friday before easter.

    ~H
     
  4. Apr 30, 2006 #3

    Pengwuino

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    The most obvious explanation is that people tend to call things like this with names associated with the day it happened if there is one. Example: St. Valentines Day Massacre.

    And if those werent the actual days both those things happened, then i dont know.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2006 #4
    If somebody was killed, why the hell "good"? :rofl:
     
  6. Apr 30, 2006 #5

    Astronuc

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    These explain it in some detail, but it is basically the Friday before Easter Sunday -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06643a.htm

    Because of the uncertainty of the day and year of the original event, and the fact that people in Jerusalem used a lunar calendar, the date shifts each year in the modern solar calendar.

    As for why it is good -
    Wikipedia
     
  7. Apr 30, 2006 #6

    arildno

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    In Norwegian it is called the "Long Friday" (a long day of suffering, essentially)
     
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