New Delhi, Apr 06, 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended Easter greetings to the people on April 5, citing the teachings of Jesus Christ for creation of a world that is just and compassionate.
“Easter greetings to everyone. May this day further the spirit of harmony and brotherhood in society,” he tweeted. “The teachings of Jesus Christ inspire entire humanity. Let us pledge ourselves to create a world that is just, compassionate and joyful,” he said.
Easter Sunday, marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion to redeem the world, was celebrated all over the Christian world by different church denominations.
Churches like the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church and the United Pentecostal Church also held praise and worship programme throughout the day and many local churches organised community feasts to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
Christians in Kerala too joined the celebrations of Easter. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and leaders of various political parties greeted Keralites on the occasion.
Christians constitute about 23 per cent of Kerala’s population and are mainly concentrated in the central districts of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur.
Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma wished that the resurrection day filled the people with the spirit of love, renewed hope and abundant blessings. Greeting the people of the state on the occasion, Governor K N Tripathy said, “Easter is a festival of hope and resurrection of Christ. I convey my warm greetings … and wish a holy Easter.”
The Catholic Church organised mass in different cathedrals, parishes, chapels and community feasts in the local churches as many Catholics, who fasted to signify the sufferings of Christ before and during the crucifixion broke the fast from today.
Senior bishops and priests led the Easter Mass and read out the Easter message of hope and spiritual revival.
Ending a 40-day season of Lent when believers shun pleasures, traditional celebrations were held in most Christian homes.