I get what it's supposed to mean for christians, however that fails to account for the christian practice of celebrating the death of someone as sacred/revered. It wasn't until the 4th century that it was acceptable to celebrate someone's birth (it was a pagan practice until then, and considered heretical), but death was the big hoorah.
Yet no one recorded the date. And there ares still conflicts regarding what year exactly he died. 33AD is the generally accepted year, but there are scholarly estimates as early as 5BC.
Actually, if you re well-versed in Jewish tradition AND read the story, according to the Gospels, you can get a better idea as to why He was crucified when He was.
Start with Passover. This began as a command from God to His people when they were enslaved by the Egyptians. Moses told them to take their most perfect lamb and slaughter it for the meal that day, also putting its blood above the doorway because that night, the Angel of Death was going to pass over the city and anyone who did not have the lamb's blood above their door would lose their first born male. (Exodus 12:1-14) Hmmm... sounds like another story
Anyway, let's look at how the Jews practiced the Passover Festival and compare it to Jesus' death. Now I will just put up the Bible verses because I want anyone who reads this to know I'm not just throwing words out there. I want you to see what was written in the time of Moses and what occurred a couple thousand years AFTER that.
First, you have to have a perfect lamb... (John 1:29)(Matthew 21:1-11)(Hebrews 10:1-18)
Next, the lamb was to be displayed at the alter at 9:00am, or the third hour in Jewish culture... (Mark 15:25)
The lamb was sacrificed at 3:00pm, or the ninth hour in Jewish culture... (Matthew 27:45-50)
Lastly, the priest shouts his exclamation... (John 19:30)
Jesus' death... OUR Passover Lamb's death occurred down to the exact hour. We also know it was the day before the Festival of Unleavened Bread (which doesn't fall on a day, rather a time of season as well) this is why they were so quick to get the body down and put it in Joseph of Arimathea's tomb... (John 19:40-42) Because they needed the area to be "clean" before the Festival. Jewish people were so adamant about not having any leaven in their kitchen when preparing this bread, they swept out their whole house before making the dough. The term "unleavened" bread reffers to sinless and clean. Speaking of which, let's look at Jesus' death compared to the Festival of Unleavened Bread.
The bread could not have leaven (Exodus 12:15)... Look how it's broken down here (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-24) Jesus, being sinless, contained no leaven.
The bread is broken into three pieces, the second piece is wrapped and hidden away... go back to (John 19 40:42). Actually, it's like an Easter egg hunt because the kids look for the hidden piece of bread.
What about the Festival of First Fruits? This is what Jews celebrate, remembering coming through the Red Sea safely, leaving Pharoh's mighty army drowning. (Exodus 14).
When does this occur? (Leviticus 23:11) now look at (Matthew 28:1)
Jesus's own words, notice who he cites... (Acts 26:22-23)
Lastly, (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
OK, let's get into the Festival of Weeks (or Pentecost). This is the giving of the Law. It can be compared like this:
Giving of the Law (19:16-19) compares to the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts capters 1 and 2)
3000 died (Exodus 32:28)... 3000 saved (Acts 2:41)
Bro... I can go on all day like this. My point is that Jesus died when He was supposed to, where He was supposed to and for the reason He was supposed to. Contrary to what many people think, He did not come to replace the Law, to cancel out the Law or anything like that. He came to fullfill the Law and all the prophcies. He nailed it! (no pun intended)
I know that you and many are unbelievers, but how can you deny THAT?!?! Jesus didn't tell the Romans what and when to do anything.