This Easter, celebrate the resurrection of Christ with some history and spirituality. Drop into any one of Delhi’s oldest or most popular churches and be part of their festivities. Choose from a quiet mass to special services, Easter breakfast and one act plays telling the story of Christ. Read on...
St James Church
Built in 1836, this is one of the oldest churches in Delhi. Here, the Easter day is marked by a mass and services to Jesus by pastors of the church. The church will also have a special service to mark the resurrection of the Christ on the day. It is one of the most sought after Easter events in the city.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Easter events here include a portrayal of the death ceremony of Christ. Devotees enact the entire scene at the church in front of viewers. The first half of the play is followed by the story of the joyful resurrection of Jesus. Also special services and prayers have been lined up to mark Good Friday and Easter.
St Thomas Church
The three-day long festivities here begin with the ‘washing of the feet’ ceremony. “This ceremony is conducted to commemorate Jesus as the divine guru,” says the pastor of the church. A two-hour long service will be conducted on he Easter day. A special Easter cake is cut and an Easter Candle is lit and people light their candles with it.
St Marks Church
The feet of 12 people are washed by the servicemen of the church in a special ceremony. They symbolise the 12 apostles of Christ. Today, at 8pm, a service is planned that will be carried out at the streets. Also, the resurrection of the Christ will be projected in a one play — to be enacted by the members of the Holy community.
Cathedral Church of the Redemption
Be a part of the festival here with the special holy communal services. Attend a special service at 5.30am “Conducting the service early in the morning with the sunrise depicts Jesus coming back,”says Father Dennis.There is also a special Easter breakfast including a Easter bun (a bun with a cross) and a boiled egg with tea.
Ande ka funda
Eggs are a pagan symbol of the rebirth and symbolise the rejuvenation of the Earth at spring time. The tradition of decorating eggs was adopted by Christians to symbolise of the resurrection of Jesus. The oldest tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs with funky designs.