‘Happy Good Friday to you’, greeted my learned Hindu friend, one Good Friday, though I was puzzled about the prefix ‘Happy’. I thanked my friend and we departed.
This unusual greeting set me thinking about my own faith and the faith of my friends living in a religious pluralistic society like ours. From my Hindu friend’s point of view any religious observance is basically both Good and Happy. More so, because, Friday of the Holy Week is universally known as ‘Good Friday’. The numerous Greetings like ‘Happy Diwali’, ‘Happy Id’, ‘Happy Christmas’, ‘Happy Dushera’, etc are exchanged in India. While it does denote secular outlook and religious tolerance it also shows that individuals lack a true understanding of each other’s faith. One’s faith is regarded as a purely personal matter and is to be observed on certain designated occasions. This was true prior to the coming of Jesus Christ who revolutionized the world view of Religion, Faith and The life of people.