Holy week is the most sacred week in Christianity. Holy week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.
In Japan, they don’t have Holy week and they don’t celebrate it the same way how we; Christians commemorate it. Though our company understands the importance of Holy week to us that’s why it is always resting on us.
Let’s check the translation of Holy week in Japanese.
ひじりしゅうかん (聖週間) means Holy week.
ひじり (聖) means Holy, while しゅうかん (週間) means week.
Holy Wednesday – ひじりすいようび (聖水曜日)
Maundy Thursday – せいだいもくようび (聖大木曜日)
Good Friday – ひじりだいきんようび (聖大金曜日)
Black Saturday –ブラックサタデー/ せいだいどようび (聖大土曜日)
Burakku satade- / Seidai Doyoubi
Easter Sunday –イースターサンデー
Holy week begins with the entry to Jerusalem hence the Palm Sunday is translated as エルサレム入城の日. エルサレム means Jerusalem while入城の日 is the day of entry. The last supper is on Maundy Thursday and Passion of Christ is on Good Friday. Accordingly, Christ died on the Good Friday at 3 PM and the day of his Resurrection from death is on Easter Sunday.
The celebration of Holy week varies in different countries with different traditions.
In our Family, we usually attend
the procession of the passion of Christ on Maundy Thursday. Good Friday is the
most solemn day of the week as it is the day of the crucifixion of Christ. Meat
is not allowed during holy week. Kinds of seafood and vegetables are preferred
during the week.
'For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life.'
- John 3:16
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