Cassian Baliarsingh

It is strange to call a day ‘good’ when it represents the death of Jesus Christ. Most people misunderstand Good Friday to be a happy day as it has the word ‘good’ in it.

Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday or Black Friday, signifies the day when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. It is a day of mourning and one needs to acknowledge the significance of the day while sharing good wishes with prayers.

Here are 5 facts about Good Friday that you should know:

1. It's a good time to get a haircut: Grab the scissors! It is believed that getting a haircut on Good Friday prevents headaches for the rest of the year. It'll also ensure you look your best in your Easter bonnet on Sunday.

2. On Good Friday in 1930, there was no news: On a particularly slow news day in 1930, BBC radio announced, "There is no news." Listeners then heard piano music for the rest of the day.

3. Dancing is outlawed in Germany: Dancing is prohibited on this sacred holiday, forcing nightclubs to close or risk being fined £1,000 (or $1,300). In Germany, the name for the holiday translates as Sorrowful Friday.

4. Commercials are banned in New Zealand: According to the Broadcasting Act, TV and radio ads are prohibited between 6 a.m. and noon on Good Friday in New Zealand, out of respect for the religious day of observance. The same law holds true on Christmas, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day so as not to disrupt celebrations.

5. Church bells toll 33 times: Churches across the world ring in the special day with 33 bells tolls in remembrance of Christ's years on Earth and to also commemorate the day of his death.