Kerala: Easter celebrated in state with religious fervour

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Marking the end of the Holy Week in Christianity, Easter Sunday is celebrated after mass prayers by the handing out of Easter eggs.

He therefore called on Christian faithful to use the period to rededicate themselves to God and reflect on the significance of Easter, which is the bedrock of the Christian faith.

"It was good, considering lots of working people head away for the long weekend, and Easter is in the [school] term holidays this year as well". They were fearful and surprised to see the angels, but the message was even more surprising.

The resurrection of Jesus is a foundation of the Christian faith.

The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.

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"I want to highlight the enormous and devout work of the Russian Orthodox Church and representatives of other Christian denominations in solving important social problems, strengthening the family, educating young people and harmonising inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations", Putin said.

"It is the celebration and glorification of the greatest miracle the Earth has ever seen, the resurrection of the Son of God, which marks the redemption and renewal of life for the human race".

Several families will also be participating in the Easter march from Bishop's college at 3pm on Sunday. "No matter what troubles we face, we can look for a renewed hope knowing that God is in control". And that's what Easter does - gently or powerfully - that Jesus died on the cross not because God wasn't in control, but because He was - and still is. Emphasise on food is a must as various traditional Easter foods also vary regionally. Before you read any further, do you know the answer?

In churches all over town, people gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the central event in the Christian calendar.

Jean Shanley is retired from The Meadville Tribune where she was communities and society editor.

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