“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
This is the day of commemorating the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Christians observe a holiday for the entire nation. but not a federal holiday. Some of the establishment are still open. This is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. At this moment in the Philippines, the statues, painting, pictures or any symbol of Jesus Christ in the church and houses are all covered/draped by black cloth. Christians are praying and extinguishing candles in the church and at their individual houses. They also observe a quiet atmosphere through limited use of any devices such as radio and televisions. Some of the families also observe fasting on this day or half by not consuming any meat throughout the day. They usually bake any sweet treats as their food. As I have mentioned yesterday that some people don’t take a shower on this day and some of the Filipino men re-enact the penance of Jesus Christ by going as far as crucifying themselves on the cross. Families are all intact inside the house as they all believe that bad spirits and creatures are all out. However, some of the Christians may attend prayer vigils and church services at exactly 3pm as Christians believe this is the time Jesus was in the cross. This the moment of silence and solemnity for them.