Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world also celebrated Easter in overnight services and with "holy fire" from Jerusalem, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected almost 2,000 years ago. Faithful thronged various churches on the eve of Easter to attend special prayer service, marking the culmination of the Holy Week.
From decorating eggs to eating candy from pastel-colored Easter baskets, our favorite celebrities are celebrating Easter.
"This Easter, I call on all, whether Christian or Muslim, to emulate Christ and sacrifice something for your nation, for your families and for yourselves. Easter celebrations, which are widely organized throughout the country, turn us to the centuries-old traditions of our ancestors, contribute to establishment in society of the enduring spiritual values and ideals", the telegram reads. The whole relationship with Christianity is that point.
At St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that decried the "latest vile" attack in Syria - a bombing Saturday that killed more than a hundred people.More news: April the Giraffe Finally Gives Birth
She said the death of Jesus to pay a debt he did not owe was for the salvation of mankind. The Paschal Candle represents also the body of Christ and the Greek letters of Alpha and Omega, together with the year 2017 show that Christ is the Lord of all things, of all times, of all peoples.
Perhaps today, too, is an appropriate time to reflect that the Christian faith that galvanizes so many, especially in this holy season, is in fact a minority faith in the world at large.
In predominantly Orthodox Romania, Patriarch Daniel urged Christians to bring joy to "orphans, the sick, the elderly the poor. and the lonely".
Another local resident, Twinkle Tom, went for a 3am mass at St Mary's Church in Oud Metha and then returned home.