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The Syro Malabar Church Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry led the special Easter prayers and services at the St Mary's Basilica, the headquarters of Syro Malabar Catholic Church, in Kochi.

Easter is part of Holy Week according to Christian faith, which started from Palm Sunday followed by Good Friday celebrations and ended up with Easter which Christian considers most important religious event after Christmas.

A year ago on March 27, a suicide bomber had ripped through a crowd in a park where families were celebrating Easter Sunday, leaving 75 people dead and over 300 injured.

They bring the dishes at the nearest beach or water park to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ the whole day.

"Covered with fresh, living flowers, the cross serves not only as an emblem of Jesus' resurrection but also of the continuing presence of Christ among today's Christians".

Easter is the watershed of the Christian faith. "We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song". "Easter is a great time to catch up with family and friends", said a devotee, Sandhya Osta. Learning of the resurrection is something that all Christians will do at one point. And how do we live our everyday lives in light of suffering and death? And that's what Easter does - gently or powerfully - that Jesus died on the cross not because God wasn't in control, but because He was - and still is. The date of Easter is always the first Sunday after the full moon following a spring equinox.

Pastor Aaron Smith: Well, Chad, I must tell you that I've actually seen a change over the last 17 years that I've been in ministry.

"The death of Jesus to pay a debt he did not owe, for the salvation of you and I who would never have been able to pay, is the ultimate story of a second chance at redemption". The world ever remembers the great message of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, compassion and brotherhood, which Lord Jesus Christ gave to humanity. It marks the moment, 40 days after the resurrection, when Jesus goes into heaven.

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us". That first day of the week is the day that we worship.

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