Easter is a Christian festival marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Preceded by Lent - a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance - Easter begins on Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Christ and his disciples. Good Friday symbolises Christ's crucifixion and subsequent death while Pentecost Sunday celebrates the day Christ rose from the grave. Families traditionally attend church services and Easter parades during this period, and children join in egg hunts and receive chocolate eggs.

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the rite takes place, was built over the site where Christian tradition says Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected
  • This year’s ceremony comes after deadly attacks and clashes in Israel, east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank

US president, 80, hosting Monday’s festivities on White House South Lawn, said he plans to participate in ‘at least 3 or 4 more Easter egg rolls, maybe 5’.

The death toll, tallied from 67 drowning incidents since the start of April, came as many Filipinos ‘got excited’ to visit beaches and resorts around the country, the police said.


The International Pentecost Holiness Church blesses polygamous unions, common in some African communities, and the church says are authorised by the Bible.

Christian Easter coincided with Jewish Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, against a backdrop of surging Israeli-Palestinian violence


The pope, who was in hospital due to bronchitis last week and suffers from a knee condition, approached the altar in a wheelchair. He is expected to celebrate the Easter Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.


It is the first time the pope will not preside at the ‘Via Crucis’ service since he was elected in 2013. The last pope to do so was Pope John Paul II, during the last weeks of his life in 2005.


From Easter egg hunts to vegan hot cross buns to creative cocktails, these 8 restaurants and bars in Hong Kong are offering plenty of opportunities to indulge this holiday weekend.

Catering and hotel industry leaders say number of residents heading overseas this Easter break likely to affect business, with no huge spike in mainland arrivals expected during period.

His increasing health issues over the past year spark concern, including speculation that he might retire rather than stay in the job for life.


European workers in public service have staged repeated walkouts in recent weeks demanding higher pay amid record inflation and cost of living crisis.

The Russian Orthodox Church has strongly backed the Kremlin leader’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. Patriarch Kirill said he hoped the conflict in Ukraine would end quickly but did not condemn it.

The egg roll event is a tradition begun by former US President Rutherford B Hayes in 1878. The coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the event in 2020 and 2021.

The event, that starts after darkness, involves six wooden wheels that are filled with straw, set alight, then rolled down a hillside into the valley of the Emmer river.

Gay creatives have long been an important part of southern Spain’s Holy Week, but some say their participation is only accepted if they stay silent about their sexual orientation.

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