The Good, The Odd, and The Holy
Day 259 – April 6, 2012
Here’s a case of where I think (IMHO) the Spanish language hit the mark better than English did.
Today is the Friday before Easter and here in Peru (and I’m guessing all over the Spanish-speaking world) this day is known as Viernes Santo, or Holy Friday.
Where English is the primary language, today is celebrated as Good Friday.
To my ear and eye, calling today “Holy” makes more sense that calling it “Good”.
I always found it odd to call the day when three people up on the hill of Golgotha were crucified as a “good” day.
Just my perspective from 12 degrees south of the Equator.
I’m sure there’s a reason for this linguistic curiosity, but even the Internet can’t help me here.