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"Easter is that beacon of light shining in our darkness and calling us to be the heart of mercy, the voice of hope and the hand of justice that Jesus Christ represents", the message reads as.

Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has enjoined Christians to use the Easter period to renew their covenant with God and imbibe the spirit of love, peace and selfless service to humanity as exemplified by our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Easter is a joyous reminder that Jesus' Resurrection overcomes fear and doubt, the USA bishops said in their 2017 Easter message.

Across Russia, worshippers participated in Easter Sunday celebrations.

Worshippers turned up in droves for the Easter mass.

Christians have been urged to emulate the example of Jesus Christ by cultivating the habit of forgiving without keeping records of the wrongs forgiven and occasionally refer to them each time a similar offence is committed. Following mass was an Easter egg hunt with more than 5,000 eggs to hunt for. On the Jewish lunar calendar, that was the 14th day of Nisan.

Egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades are also followed by Christians or even non-Christians.

First, Easter is connected to a change in the seasons. The Bible says it proves Jesus was the Son of God, who was crucified on Good Friday for the sins of the world.

Good Friday is observed by Christians as the day which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the church. "This is a very, very important day and the apostles celebrated it and they went out to the tomb and found no Jesus, so he is risen", said Matt Riley, Deputy Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

Recognising the celebrations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak took to Twitter today to wish Christians in the country a "Happy Easter".

Wendorf said Easter is "the critical event upon which our Christian faith is built upon".