The international Christian community today commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with prayers, masses and processions being carried out across the globe.
Good Friday calls on Christians to reflect on their sins and prepare themselves for Easter - which will be celebrated on 27 March this year.
The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a day of fasting as devotees spend the day in penance and prayers. Mass is celebrated with devotees tracing and reflecting on Jesus' journey from his arrest to his death. Christians on this day chose to be subdued and in a solemn and spiritual frame of mind, especially after 3PM which is believed to be the time when Jesus breathed his last.
Some countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts, such as dancing and horse racing, in keeping with the somber tone of the day. Pope Francis will preside over the Good Friday commemoration at the Vatican today.