SHILLONG, April 19 - Good Friday and Hanuman Jayanti were today observed in the State capital by the faithful of the respective religious communities.
Good Friday is observed by Christians to commemorate the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by Hindus.
Catholic Christians observe Good Friday as a day of penance, fasting and prayers. On this occasion, the Catholic Church holds special services to commemorate how Jesus Christ was crucified and how he died on the cross at Mount Calvary.
The Catholic Church of Shillong Archdiocese observed Holy Thursday yesterday, which marked the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles prior to his betrayal, trial and crucifixion, as portrayed in the Gospels.
During Holy Thursday, an evening service was held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians. There was the washing of the feet by the main celebrant to commemorate Jesus Christ�s service and humility in washing the feet of the apostles.
Other Christian denominations observed Good Friday with special prayer services and sermons on the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, Hanuman Jayanti prayers were offered at temples here. A procession was taken out with devotees dressed as Hanuman and chanting Hanuman chalisa, a devotional hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman.