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14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Christians celebrate Easter as festival of hope, with special rituals, prayers

‘Easter is not so much a season just like Christmas. The Resurrection Sunday is more of a highly religious weekend – Good Friday and Easter Sunday’

Like other parts of the world, Christian community celebrated Easter as the great festival of hope and rebirth and churches and organizations in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Islamabad, and other cities and villages have also organized congregations and processions while faith followers were holding decorated crosses by singing religious songs.

“Easter is not so much a season just like Christmas. The Resurrection Sunday is more of a highly religious weekend – Good Friday and Easter Sunday. So, we can say it’s more about family,” religious scholars and faith leaders told gatherings during special services. After offering the prayers, followers of Christianity extended greetings to each other.

‘It is a beautiful routine in our family that we would have an Easter basket in front of us in morning’

“Easter is a very special time for me. We have a ‘surprise’ on the table when we would wake up on Easter Sunday. I feel too much emotional as my mother would always make the Resurrection Sunday a special one for me, for my younger sister and for my only brother,” said Sumbal Nawab – a young person – after attending prayers at Lahore’s St Don Bosco Catholic Church.

“It is a beautiful routine in our family that we would have an Easter basket in front of us in morning,” she said, adding that the decorated basket would be filled with colored eggs, chocolates and some sweets,” she said. “I used to love to wake up and have this moment on every Easter,” she said. “I will just say that Easter is my favorite because it’s purely a family time,” she said.

“Easter period is refreshing for me and my family,” said Aneel Masih – a young person – after prayers at Lahore’s Holy Trinity Church. “Easter is about being around loved ones, sharing feasts and enjoying everything related to this amazing festival,” he said, adding that it’s just a good meal with family or may be with friends and colleagues. “I can say that Easter always gives me a chance to forget all worries and bad moments.”

‘A VERY HAPPY EASTER’

In a statement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif wished a very happy Easter to the Christians. “Let us all vow to do our bit in making the world a peaceful place where communities can live in harmony and build a tomorrow of hope,” he said. “Our government is committed to protecting the basic rights, lives and properties of all the communities,” he reiterated.

Lauding contribution of the Christian community, the prime minister said that they had not only played a vital role during the Pakistan Movement in 1947, but were also performing their part in the national progress and prosperity. He called upon to renew the pledge for making the world a peaceful abode where all the communities live in harmony and move ahead for a better future.

‘Let us all vow to make world a peaceful place where all communities can live in harmony and build a tomorrow of hope’

In his message, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani conveyed his warmest Easter greetings and best wishes to Christian brothers and sisters and their families, both in Pakistan and around the world. He reflected on the shared values of love, compassion, and forgiveness that are central to both Islam and Christianity. He emphasized importance of working together to create a society that is inclusive, tolerant, and respectful of all beliefs and backgrounds.

In a separate statement, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb wished Happy Easter to the Christian community in Pakistan and around the world. Extending congratulations to the Christians, she said that the efforts of the Christians in the creation of Pakistan and the nation-building process were commendable and unforgettable. “We want to see all the minorities moving forward in every sphere of life,” she said.

In her message, Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman also extended her felicitations on the Easter to the Christians. “On the auspicious occasion of Easter, I extend my greetings and best wishes to the Christian community of Pakistan and all those celebrating Easter around the world,” she said. “As a multicultural society, it is important that we respect all religions and festivals and share in each other’s happiness, and promote religious harmony and tolerance.”

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