Advertisement

In pictures: Easter celebrations around the world

Pope Francis delivers Easter Mass at the Vatican
Pope Francis has made a strong appeal for an end to wars in Gaza and Ukraine [Getty Images]

Pope Francis has led Easter celebrations, delivering a message of peace before a huge crowd in the Vatican, despite concerns of his health

Elsewhere, festivities have been taking place across the world to mark the most important festival in the Christian calendar - Easter.

Pope Francis attends the Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
[Reuters]

Tens of thousands of worshippers have gathered in St Peter's square to hear Pope Francis lead Easter Sunday Mass.

Tens of thousands of worshippers have gathered in St Peter's square in Rome to hear Pope Francis lead Easter Sunday Mass
[Reuters]

Jesus was resurrected on Easter Sunday, the Bible says, days after dying on the cross on Good Friday. It is traditional for many to attend services on Saturday evening as well as on Sunday.

A day after pulling out of a ceremony at short notice, Pope Francis took part in a two-hour vigil at the Vatican on Saturday.

There had been renewed concern about his health when he did not participate in a Good Friday procession.

The Pope looks at a candle during the Easter Vigil
[Reuters]

But, the 87-year-old pontiff read a lengthy homily and carried out a number of baptisms.

Around the world, people celebrated Easter including in the Philippines where worshippers crowded to get a glimpse of the traditional procession.

Crowds gather on stairs for a traditional procession in the Philippines
Crowds gather on stairs for a traditional procession in the Philippines [Reuters]

In the capital Manila, children dressed as angels and prayed.

Children dressed as angels pray ahead of the procession
[Reuters]
In Fort Jesus, Kenya worshippers young and old joined together to light candles
[Reuters]

Elsewhere, in Nairobi's Kiberia district in Kenya, worshippers young and old joined together to light candles.

Priests led the service in Nairobi next to a fire outside the church
Priests led the service in Nairobi next to a fire outside the church [EPA]
A woman attends the Easter Sunday service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church of Pakistan, in Karachi
A woman attends the Easter Sunday service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church of Pakistan, in Karachi [Reuters]
A Catholic priest gives the Holy communion to a Christian devotee during an Easter Sunday service commemorating the resurrection of Jesus as part of the Holy Week celebrations and to mark the fifth anniversary of the Easter Sunday attack, at St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya.
[Getty Images]

Easter Sunday marks a major part of the Catholic calendar and is followed by 1.4 billion people around the globe.

At the St Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, Sri Lanka, a Catholic priest gave Holy communion to Christian devotees.

Services have also been held across many European capitals, cities and towns.

Catholic faithful offer prayers on Easter Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus as part of the Holy Week celebrations at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore
[Getty Images]
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, leads Easter Sunday Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa leads Easter Sunday Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City [Reuters]
A worshipper kisses a cross during an Easter vigil service at the Grand Immaculate Church in Al-Hamdaniya, Iraq
A worshipper kisses a cross during an Easter vigil service at the Grand Immaculate Church in Al-Hamdaniya, Iraq [Reuters]
Men of Slavic ethnic minority of Sorbs, dressed in black tailcoats, ride decorated horses during an Easter rider procession in Ralbitz, eastern Germany
Following an ancient religious ritual, Sorbs, an ethnic Slavic minority in Germany, ride decorated horses while singing and announce Jesus Christ's resurrection [Reuters]
A cart, packed full of fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is lit by the archbishop to provide a historic spectacle, during 'Explosion of the Cart' event, known as Scoppio del Carro within Easter celebration in Florence
A cart, packed full of fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is lit by the archbishop to provide a historic spectacle known as Scoppio del Carro within Easter celebration in Florence, Italy [Getty Images]
King Charles has attended the Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle with Queen Camilla in his first major public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer
King Charles attends the Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle, in his first major public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer [Getty Images]

All photos subject to copyright.