In most places, "Stations of the Cross" processions were taken out with devotees bearing wooden crosses depicting the final hours of Jesus. Hundreds of pilgrims carrying heavy wooden crosses trekked to the Saint Thomas Church atop the hillock at Malayattoor in Ernakulam district, believed to be have been sanctified by the visit of Apostle Saint Thomas, who preached Christ's message in India. It was also a holiday for all government offices and educational institutes. Stock markets were also shut.
Good Friday was also observed with religious solemnity in the northeastern states. In Mizoram, Catholic Church members took out a procession in Aizawl and other places and held mass to commemorate the sufferings of Christ on the Cross.
Church bells rang all over the state as people went to worship and priests and preachers delivered sermons. The Presbyterian Church priests also organized Eucharist in many Churches across the state. In Nagaland's capital Kohima, a silent march with a cross was taken out signifying Jesus's last journey. (PTI)