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Fasts, prayers mark Good Friday

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2007 13:38 IST

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Christians all over the country packed into churches Friday morning to attend special prayer services and kept daylong fasts to observe Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Elizabeth Martin of Delhi said: "I am fasting today and will go to church where the priest will read the gospel about the events which led to Christ's crucifixion."

Added Livy Kinimy of Nagaland: "There are 14 events leading to the burial of Christ from the time he's condemned to death. Accordingly, there are 14 pictures in the church to which we pay our tribute to commemorate the agony of Christ on this day."

There are no celebrations on Good Friday. Instead there is silent mourning. Celebrations are kept for Easter Sunday two days later when Christ was said to have been resurrected.

"Easter is a day to celebrate. We go to the church dressed in our best clothes and feast on this day," said Joel Joseph of Andhra Pradesh.

A popular Easter tradition is the distribution of colourfully painted Easter eggs. These eggs are hidden, supposedly by the Easter Bunny, for children to find.

Hardboiled and flavoured with salt, the egg symbolises new life. "The egg actually symbolises the grave and life renewed by breaking out of it," said Joseph.

Various confectionary items like egg-shaped hollow chocolates or plastic eggs filled with jellybeans have started flowing in to the market and are popular among children.

Easter celebrations begin as early as 3 a.m. as it is believed that it is around this time that Christ arose from his death.