Christians in Ghana joining other faithful across the world, to celebrate Good Friday, which marks the Crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, at the hands of the Romans some 2,000 years ago, at Calvary.
The day is significant on the Christian calendar, as it affirms the belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to reconcile man with God following the curse and separation caused by the disobedience and sin of Adam and Eve.
Most churchgoers would wear traditional mourning clothes – dark colours mainly, in black, red, and brown. Solemn hymns and songs, amid the preaching of repentance and salvation, would characterise the services.
Some churches are holding conventions across the country, while the Catholic Church would organise the Stations of the Cross to depict the journey of Christ’s agonising march to his crucifixion and death.
Holy Saturday, the transition between Crucifixion and the Resurrection, would precede Easter, the Resurrection Sunday.
Easter is marked by worshippers clad in white attires with joyous early morning services to celebrate the victory of Christ over death and the power of God over Satan. It also affirms the belief that faithful Christians will enjoy eternal life in heaven.
There would also be series of praise and worship concerts in various parts of the country.
Easter, the most important event on the Christian calendar, is the bedrock of the Christian faith. Thus without the Resurrection, there would have been no Christianity.
Theologians put the earliest recorded observance of Easter in the 2nd Century, though it is believed it could have been marked much earlier than that.
With picnics, get-togethers and other fun activities, Ghanaians would mark the Easter Monday Holiday.
The Kwahus in the Eastern Region are noted for their passionate celebration of Easter, with homecoming events.
The occasion is used to promote love and unity among family members and to plan developmental Projects.