Difference Between Good Friday and Easter Monday

Good Friday and Easter Monday are two important celebrations for the Christian community apart from Christmas. People all over the world recognize the importance of these Good Friday and Easter Monday and celebrate it in the appropriate way as per the significance attached to each of these events.

It is quite possible to think that the word “Good” for Good Friday may indicate a certain amount of festivities and hence certain assumptions may be raised if Good Friday and Easter Monday are identical. However, pertinent to note is the fact that Good Friday and Easter Monday are different.

Good Friday vs Easter Monday

The main difference between Good Friday and Easter Monday is that on Good Friday, Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, while on Easter Sunday (Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday), he was resurrected i.e. Jesus Christ came back to life.

Good Friday vs Easter Monday

However, the above is not the only difference. A comparison between both the terms on certain parameters can shed light on subtle aspects:


 

Comparison Table Between Good Friday and Easter Monday (in Tabular Form)

Parameter of ComparisonGood FridayEaster Monday
What does the day signify?It indicates the day when Jesus Christ was crucified (nailed) on a cross; it indicates the extreme suffering of Jesus Christ as he was crucifiedDay after Sunday with Sunday refers to the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected.
On which day does it come?FridayMonday i.e. the day after Easter Sunday
Does Good Friday include Easter Monday and vice versa?NoEaster Monday includes Good Friday and even Easter Sunday
Does this day mark the end of lent or the fasting period?NoYes, Easter Monday comes after Easter Sunday and fasting ends here
How many days of fasting does this day precede?3740
Is it a happy day or a sad day?Sad day, it is a day of mourning and remembering Jesus Christ as he was crucifiedHappy day as it indicates the beginning of Easter Season
Is it the day immediately after Maundy Thursday?YesNo
Was Jesus crucified on this day?YesNo
Does this day signify the death of Jesus Christ?YesNo
Was Jesus Christ raised from the dead on this day?NoYes
Is it a holiday ideally in all countries on this day?Yes, with some exceptionsNo, because some countries will only have a holiday on Good Friday (example-India)
Is it a day of reflection and more church rituals?YesNo
Is fasting performed on this day?YesNo
Introspection and FestivitiesGood Friday is a day of sorrow hence people don’t celebrate it as such. It can be considered a day of reflection.Easter Monday is a day of festivities

 

What is Good Friday?

Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday. Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified (an ancient punishment).

Basically on this day, Jesus Christ was nailed to death to a cross by subjecting to extreme cruelties by certain rulers. Good Friday is a day before Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Good Friday is a day when people fast. Good Friday is the day when people recall and show respect for the sufferings of Jesus Christ.

This commemoration is done by performing various rituals in the church. Good Friday is not a day on which people will perform any celebration.

It is a day of fasting. It can be considered as a holy day as people make introspection in the name of God.

good friday
 

What is Easter Monday?

Easter Monday is the day after Easter i.e. Easter Sunday which happens to be on the immediate Sunday after Good Friday. On this day i.e. Easter Sunday, it is believed that Jesus Christ was resurrected i.e. he came back to earth or became alive again.

Easter Monday denotes the victory of life over death. Easter Monday is celebrated with easter eggs.

The history indicates that in the olden times when people were fasting during lent, they were not able to eat eggs, so the eggs were boiled and preserved and later presented as gifts to friends, families, and others on Easter. It is believed that the easter egg is a symbol of the revival of Jesus Christ with the eggshell crack indicating the resurrection.

easter monday

Main Differences Between Good Friday and Easter Monday

  1. Good Friday indicates the day when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday on which it is believed that Jesus Christ was restored to life.
  2. Good Friday signifies the agony and pain faced by Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for humanity. Easter Monday signifies the fact there could be a life after death or the victory of good over evil or life over death.
  3. Good Friday is a day signifying pain and sorrow. Easter Monday is a day of festivities.
  4. Good Friday is a day of fasting. Easter Monday is not a day of fasting.
  5. Good Friday is normally a holiday in most countries. Easter Monday may not be a holiday in some countries.
  6. Good Friday is a day of modesty, showing great respect for Jesus Christ, and church rituals. Easter Monday is a day of celebrations to signify the coming back(resurrection) of Jesus Christ.
Difference Between Good Friday and Easter Monday

 

Conclusion

Good Friday and Easter have their own set of significance. Both these events relate to Jesus Christ but with different phases signifying death and then victory over death.

Good Friday and Easter Monday are celebrated differently as per the traditions and customs. Good Friday and Easter Monday are marked by a variety of religious or solemn ceremonies conducted by the church, processions, and other celebrations and remembrances observed.

In short, Good Friday is basically for remembering Jesus Christ’s kindness and suffering. Easter Monday is a day for festivities and celebrations and hence can be considered a day to start something new, forgetting about the past but at the same time learning from past and making a new start to life.

Key Differences Between Good Friday and Easter Monday (PDF Format)

Download the key differences in .PDF format, to read or print them later:

Difference Between Good Friday and Easter Monday

 

References

  1. https://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html
  2. https://www.nyulawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NYULawReview-73-1-Brookman.pdf
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Paul
Paul

I am not Christian as I follow Budh religion. We have holidays for Good friday and easter monday in my country and didn’t know the difference between them before reading this article

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Paul

Cheers Paul, happy to help you

Iren labb
Iren labb

Good friday vs easter monday has been explained very well here. Usually I go to wikipedia for this kind of information but the addition of comparison table is more helpful than wikipedia

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Iren labb

our mission is to explain every difference in best possible way with the help of tables, bullet points, FAQ, Infographic, images, video and of course text 🙂

Raymond Brown
Raymond Brown

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Martinskaks
Martinskaks

I am from the USA and Good Friday + Easter Monday both carry equal weight here. Some companies do come up with discount deals on Easter Monday. You have given the correct information here in the above article.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Martinskaks

You are right, I have registered for some digital products like video editor and audio processing softwares and I always get good deals on Easter Monday.

Davidculse
Davidculse

to me as a Christian, both days are important. As a matter of fact, I observe a fast on Good Friday.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Davidculse

Hi David,

It’s good that you observe fast on Good Friday. Fasts keep up the religious beliefs in us.

Bishnu Sinha
Bishnu Sinha

I am a Christian and I know the difference between the two but I have never come across such a good way to show the comparison of GF to EM.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Bishnu Sinha

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Alok Kumar
Alok Kumar

Your way of writing articles and the representation of key differences made me read whole of the article.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Alok Kumar

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Dave Willis
Dave Willis

In Switzerland, Good Friday is full of exciting deals on electrinics.

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Issmail Kittur
Issmail Kittur

Easter Monday is full of discount deals here in the UK.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Issmail Kittur

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Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Sagar Kumud

We hope that soon both good friday and cyber monday become an integral part of our society.

Maneesh Ashutosh
Maneesh Ashutosh

In the USA, there is one Friday which is so excited for spending money and that is Black Friday.

Drusilla English
Drusilla English

You said it very well.!

Ward Necaise
Ward Necaise

If we want to save this Earth from destruction, then all of use should follow the traditions set by our ancestors because these days like Good Friday and easter Monday have been existing since so many centuries

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Mellissa
Mellissa

I have traveled the world a lot and the lesson learned is that Christians are the best.

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Harvey Darker
Harvey Darker

I wonder since hos many years, people have been celebrating the Good Friday?

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Harvey Darker

I doubt if anybody will be able to provide the exact answer to that.

Shekhar Chauhan
Shekhar Chauhan

Good friday has always been special to me because of Jesus Christ’s birth.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav

Then the question arises “what is more important day?”

Maneesh Chaudhary
Maneesh Chaudhary

How do Christians celebrate Chritmas Holidays?

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav

They celebrate by going to Church and then feast at the dinner time.

Utkarsh Makwana
Utkarsh Makwana

for me, both Good Friday and cyber mondy are precious days to celebrate hr

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav

Great to know about your faith.

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Clyde Kirby

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GF and EM have been explained very well.

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Jarka

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Trey

Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try to remember it till next year.

Tami Rust
Tami Rust

Since everyone is sharing their experience with Good Friday, I would also like to say that Good Friday is like extra fun for all of us due to the spirituality attached with it.

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Conforti

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Laurence

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Fraley
Fraley

Had there been no Good Friday, I would not have been so special because I was born on Good Friday,

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Nolan
Nolan

The cake my wife cooks on Easter Monday is out of the world. ALl of you guys should visit my home on Easter monday for a feast.

Hermelin
Hermelin

The quality of your articles is too good. To me, Good friday and Easter monday were two public holidays where eat and enjoy. Never knew about the difference in so much detail

Krunker
Krunker

The eggs on Easter Monday are the special ones and they look so good in different colors.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Krunker

oh yes they do come in all colors including Red, Green, Yello, Blue, Pink and multi-colored.

Terence
Terence

haha 😉 the friday is always good and monday is so boring at workplace.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Terence

lol 🙂 but we are talking about Good Friday and Easter Monday here.

Leonard Slind
Leonard Slind

These two days are important to me after Christmas. The Almighty is always there with all of us.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Leonard Slind

Definitely and also do pass on these values to your next generations.

S Khan
S Khan

The glory of Jesus goes past religious barriers. I like to know about all religions and finally concluded that all religions are teaching a very similar way of life.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  S Khan

The ways of Almighty are so unique and different. The people look and behave differently but ultimately everything originated from the same energy resource at the start of the world (also known as Big Bang Theory)

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Pokerus Serebii

I live in California and have been following your website for so long now. The best thing I like about the website is that you have table for comparing Good friday and Easter Monday and on top of that there is also bullet point list.

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Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar

Good friday has always been special to me because I was born on Good friday

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Vinod Kumar

Hi Vinod,
that is really a special day for you!!

KiaCew
KiaCew

Its the Good Friday that I knew about since childhood (I am not Christian). As I grew up and started my online presence and dealt with USA based companies, I came to know that there is a day named Easter Monday also. So today I decided to lookup the difference between these two and landed on this page. Now I know the difference.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  KiaCew

Thanks for sharing your story. Good Friday is world-famous. Apart from Easter Monday, there are many days that are not known to non-Christians like All Saints’ Day, Epiphany and Advent Sunday etc.

MaryCew
MaryCew

Both these days do fill me up with so much +ve energy and also wanted to say that you have done good job explaining the difference.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  MaryCew

Thanks for the kind words.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Piyush,
Thanks for writing about good friday. People shouldn’t confused good friday with black friday and similarly, easter monday is different from cyber monday.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Patrick

Hi Patrick,
Thanks for making this clear for our audience here.

Mustaq
Mustaq

I am Muslim but I also follow Christianity. There are churches around my home and I do visit them quite often. Been there on Good Friday and it was great experience.

Piyush Yadav
Piyush Yadav
Reply to  Mustaq

Its people like you who make a positive difference in this world.

Paul Cew
Paul Cew

I like Easter monday because it reminds me of cyber monday 😉