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Easter Sunday Celebrations Around the World

Christians ended Holy Week by marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

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Rockets fly over the bell tower of the Panagia Erithiani church, during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios, late on April 19, 2014 in Vrontados, Greece.

As part of a 125-year-old tradition, thousands of handmade rockets are fired every year on Great Saturday night, the night before the 'Resurrection', by locals from the two rival churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani, in the village of Vrontados.

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Orthodox Christian nuns sing as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ during an Easter service at the 10th century St. John the Baptist Monastery near Mavrovo, Macedonia, on April 20.

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Christian clergymen hold candles during the Easter Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 20.

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A Christian boy lights a candle inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before the Easter Sunday mass procession in Jerusalem's old city on April 20.

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Ukrainian Orthodox believers light candles in Kiev after the ceremony of the Holy Fire, during the Easter service at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Church (Cave Monastery) in Kiev, late on April 19.

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Father Jose Kalapura prepares to baptize Pedro, 4, during Easter Mass at the Capela Nossa Senhora de Fatima in the Cantagalo shanty town community on April 20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Pope Francis holds Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square on April 20, in Vatican City.

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Sorb men of the German Slavic minority, dressed in traditional clothes, riding horses during a ceremonial parade near the village of Wittichenau, Germany, on April 20. More than 1,000 horse riders took part in several parades to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

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A Ukrainian Orthodox priest sprinkles holy water on believers during Easter celebrations in Donetsk, Ukraine, on April 20.

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Worshippers carry a statue of the Risen Christ during an Easter Sunday procession in Cospicua, Malta, on April 20.

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Worshippers with the Revelation Church of God pray during the Easter service in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 20. The church is packed with supporters that many spilled out into the street.

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Children run to get chocolate from an Easter bunny at the Herrenhaeuser Gaerten park in Hanover, Germany, on April 20.

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A Christian woman prays as she attends Easter Mass at St. Anthony Church in Lahore, Pakistan on April 20.

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Locals and tourists attend the 'Scoppio del carro' (Explosion of the Cart) in Florence, Italy, on April 20. A cart full of pyrotechnics is lit on Easter Sunday to guarantee a good harvest and business according to tradition.

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Pope Francis drives through the crowd after celebrating Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the the Vatican, on April 20.

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Penitents walk towards the church after the 'Bajada del Angel' on April 20, in Penafiel, Spain. The performance, which has taken place every Easter Sunday since 1799, depicts an angel descending to unveil the face of a virgin from a black veil announcing the Christ's resurrection.

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Worshipers attend the celebration of Orthodox Easter in the Christ the Savior Cathedral on April 20, in Moscow, Russia.

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Ethnic Hungarian girls wearing traditional folk costumes attend the Easter service in the Reformed church of the village of Sancraiu, Transylvania, Romania, on April 20.

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