At the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, rabbits ran through an obstacle course as part of Holy Week celebrations on April 14, 2014.
Greeks celebrate Independence Day, candlelight vigil held in remembrance of the lives lost aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a tree decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs, and more in today’s daily brief.
Eastern Orthodox countries celebrate their foremost religious celebration, Easter, this weekend. In Romania, for Maudry Thursday incense is burned in front of graves of relatives. In Jerusalem, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Metropolitan Theophilos washes feet at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Bulgaria, candles are lit in a traditional Good Friday mass at Alexander Nevski cathedral. And in Greece, the faithful pay their respect in front of a figure of a crucified Jesus Christ at Penteli monastery north of Athens.
Easter Sunday, Nelson Mandela’s condition improving, Zombie Walk in Tokyo and more in today’s daily brief.
Cats strut their stuff at the International Pet Expo in Latvia, an elephant tusk gets pilfered from a French museum, a contentious Kenyan election sparks riots and more in today’s daily brief.
From Easter bunnies to elegant dresses and over-the-top hats, here’s a look at Easter in Maryland from yesteryear.
Spring may have officially begun over a week ago, but at Mary Sue Candies, it is already summer. The chocolate eggs coming off the line today will be used in this weekend’s Bunny BonanZOO, but the bulk of the Easter treats were made by Valentine’s Day.
The week week before Easter, the day when Christians commemorate Jesus’ resurrection, is celebrated as Holy Week in the many Christian traditions around the world. Part of these celebrations involve reenactments of the path Jesus took to his crucifixion and the pain and suffering he endured. Today, Good Friday, marks the day when Jesus was taken down from the cross after his death and placed in a tomb, where he emerges and ascends to Heaven three days later.
Some of the Christian faithful take these Holy Week reenactments more literally than others, including actors actually being nailed to crosses. Even though the Roman Catholic church frowns on such activities, no actions have been taken to stop the extremests from observing the suffering of Jesus in such a painful display of faith.
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March 29 Photo Brief: Pope Francis prays for Good friday, German beaches get snow for Easter, North Korea takes aim for America
Pope Francis presides over the first Holy Week of his papacy, beach-goers enjoy snow during the opening day of Strandbad Wannsee beach in Berlin, North Korea releases a picture of Kim Jong-un during an urgent operations meeting to put the country’s rockets on standby to attack U.S. military bases and more in today’s daily brief.