It struck me this morning, over my lovely neighbour's homemade hot cross buns (she'd even made a pagan version for the boy), that Good Friday seems to be a bit of a misnomer. If today marks the day that Hey-Zeuss (or Jay-zuzz, for non-Spanish speakers) died, then shouldn't we be thinking of it as Bad Friday, Black Friday, Unfortunate Friday or similar? If there's a day during Easter which is "Good", then shouldn't it be Monday, when the aforementioned Messiah was resurrected?
I put this question to the boy, thinking it would lead to an interesting discussion. However the boy, who is either a font of all knowledge or just very good at hiding ignorance, had a ready answer.
Apparently, in pre-Christian Western culture, today marks the day when all the Spring sowing has been completed and hard-working farming folk celebrate by chowing down on all the food stored from the previous harvest. So in a sense, their Good Friday was good for the same reason that every Friday is good if you are a 9-5 office worker.
It all makes so much sense...