Millions of Christians celebrate easter worldwide

Ayade noted that Christ's resurrection was not to engage in wild and elaborate celebration "but to give our lives meaning and direction and the opportunity to close ranks, no matter our differences and circumstances". It isn't just once a year that we celebrate Jesus' resurrection.

"In addition, we urge all Christians in Nigeria to use the Easter celebrations to reflect and pray for Nigeria's continuous unity and peaceful coexistence", Makarfi said in a statement signed by the committee's spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

The Holy Week is celebrated by Christians who observe Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday prior to Easter Sunday.

There are many people and areas of our society who need to experience the transformative power of the Easter message so that they can lead fulfilled lives and have hope for the future.

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Visit any church and you'll find a multitude of people - they could be an ex-prison inmate, former gang member, a depressed lone parent, a husband or wife trapped in an unhappy marriage, a previously suicidal teenager, an ex-drug addict, or a career-driven, materially successful individual who is spiritually poor - who can testify how the Easter story has positively impacted their lives. Easter eggs will of course be a part of the breakfast.

"If Jesus is alive, it means that everything he said he was to do for you, he did them all", the clergyman noted. For Western churches, it can fall anywhere from March 22 to April 25, while the Orthodox Easter dates range from April 4 to May 8. Commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as the Good Friday, which commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The entire community will come together and celebrate Easter. Easter service at St Andrew's Church will begin at 9.30am. It is also about hope and challenge.

Early Christians followed the Hebrew custom of celebrating Easter the same day that Jews celebrated Passover, Hibbard said.

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