Easter is here!
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Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ
Christians of the twin cities celebrate their momentous joy on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the 40 day Lent season, filled with prayers, penance and repentance, Easter brings back a festive spirit among the community. Denizens, unbound, across all religions are embracing the festive spree and are participating in over a dozen events which will mark the festival. Midnight Masses were held in all the churches across the city. Devotees of all ages thronged the churches and exchanged greetings after the Mass.
A mini-marathon was held on Saturday. "Youngsters are now coming forward for community festivals and events and it is evident this time from the large number of people who have participated in our event," said a co-organiser of the fourth edition of ‘Run for Jesus’ (a mini marathon, jointly organised by Christian Social Forum and a city based spiritual channel). The marathon run which began from St Mary’s High School culminated at LB Stadium. At St Mary Basilica at Secunderabad, thousands of devotees gathered for the 'Easter Vigil' on Saturday wherein three feet high 'paschal candle' was lit as a symbol of Christ's resurrection. Arch Bishop Thumma Bala presided over the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil was followed by ‘Passion Play’ and mid-night Mass. At St John The Baptist Church, Arul Colony, Fr Swarna Bernard, vicar general of Hyderabad Diocese presided over the midnight mass and Easter Vigil. Talking about the significance of Easter, parish priest of the church, Fr Francis Kolli said, “Easter signifies the triumph of good over evil. With the resurrection of Christ, evil phase is removed from the lives of the children of God.”
Meanwhile, many city restaurants are cashing in on the festive spirit by introducing special Easter brunch and lunch menus. Some are even going a step further to arrange for Easter Egg-making workshops for children, complete with an appearance from the popular Easter Bunny.
Bakeries too were selling Easter goodies like hot cross buns, éclairs, cookies in the shape of eggs, candy bunnies and chocolate coated Easter eggs.