Christians all over the world culminated the 40-day Lenten season with various activities on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Thousands of Christians traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. Garden Tomb, where many considered to be the location of the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is also known for its Easter Sunday services, reports Premier. Pilgrims came early to the Garden Tomb, some even spent the night outside to be able to attend the first service at sunrise.
A Christian woman from the Netherlands claimed that the Christ’s resurrection is “the most important moment” for her as a believer. She said Garden Tomb is a great place to be in during Easter where the faithful can praise and give thanks to the Lord.
Another visitor said, “It’s great to be here in the Garden Tomb and just to have a sight of the garden and the tomb, and just to be conscious that…it is a place where one can have a sense of where Jesus walked and lived.”
In Pakistan, the Christian community hosted several Easter services. Devotees lighted candles for the vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. They prayed for salvation and the country’s progress and prosperity, according to the Pakistani newspaper, Dawn.com.
A government official said there is equality among all religions in Pakistan. Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu said Jesus Christ taught about love, peace, and sacrifice—three principles that are important to be practiced in today’s society.
Meantime, one of the traditions of Catholics in Belarus is lighting an Easter fire just after sunset. The priest then lights a holy candle using the Easter fire and leads worshippers into church, reports BBC.
In China, despite the government crackdown on Christianity, many believers still went to church to practice their faith.