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21 May 2019, Edition - 1407, Tuesday

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Coimbatore

Memories of Easter

C.B.Anushri

Easter is one of the important festivals for the Christians as it marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It falls every year between 21 March and 25 April. Christians all over the world celebrate it with great pomp and joy. Christians associate Easter with various emotions. Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter lilies, Hot Cross Buns, Bread, Wine are the main symbols of Easter.

“During the period of Easter I get a chance to meet all my relatives who are residing in various parts of India. It’s a time of utmost happiness for all of us as we eat, talk and watch movies together”, said Shelsiya Haren,a college student residing at Mettupalayam.

“I love going to church on Easter day. The sermons are conducted in church; we will watch the movie ‘The Passion of Christ’ that depicts the last few hours of Jesus Christ. The movie is very emotional. I love watching the biblical plays. As a child and teenager I used to enact different characters”, said Shareen Miraclin, a college student of Puliakulam.

“Easter is the time of the year when we get to understand and look at life with a better perspective. We have to observe fast for the duration of 40 days. On Wednesday, the Pastor washes the feet of 12 selected children and then wine and bread is given to all the people in the church to symbolize the last supper of Jesus. On Thursday Pesaha Appam, a traditional dish is made with coconut milk, jaggery and maida, is eaten with all members of the family. On Friday all people are provided with neem Juice. Saturday is the day of mourning and the fast is broken by 10 pm at the church. On Sunday we go to church and then the whole day is enjoyed with family, friends and relatives”, said Joby Devassy a teacher residing at Thrissur.

Christianity is the world’s largest religion. The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, followed by Brazil, Mexico and Russia. Christianity is followed in Germany, The Philippines, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, and Oceania countries.

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