Here, Good Friday is called "Veliki" or "Big" Friday. And there are two of them this year. Today, (For the Catholic/Protestant/Western Church) and next Friday (for the Orthodox/Eastern Church). I made Hot Cross Buns for my Beginners English class last night and was teaching them about saying "Happy Easter" and that we called it "Good Friday". So, one of the ladies asked me "so how do you congratulate people on Big Friday - by saying "Happy Good Friday?"... To which I replied, "Well, we don't generally congratulate people on Good Friday, as we don't really want to celebrate the fact that He died! We want to celebrate the fact that He rose again!"
I also discovered that today, the 6th of April, is the anniversary of two very important days in Yugoslavian history. It is 20 years from the start of the last war which lasted from 1992-1995. It is also 71 years since Nazi Germany started bombing Belgrade in 1941 which actually started the Second World War in Yugoslavia. It is very interesting that it is the same day.
They are having an interesting marking of the anniversary in Sarajevo by putting out 11,541 chairs in the city centre. One for every person killed in Sarajevo during the war, making a "line of blood":
But today, I am focusing on the BIG Friday that changed the world...Remembering the blood that was shed on that day... And waiting for Sunday when we can celebrate the fact that He rose again! May He bring Hope and Love and Reconciliation to this region...
"He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”