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Easter celebrations around the world – in pictures

Arnel Hecimovic

Christians around the globe have been marking Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus

  • Vatican City

    Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass at St Peter’s Square.Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

    Pope about to climb some steps
  • Granada

    The procession of the Risen Holy Child, a Spanish tradition, sees about 150 people light 10,000 firecrackers to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.Photograph: Pepe Torres/EPA

    Smoke billows around a group of people in long robes and old-fashioned suits at the front of a procession
  • New York City

    The annual Easter parade along Fifth Avenue dates back to the 1870s and attracts thousands of people each year.Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

    A woman wears an Easter bonnet in the annual Easter parade
  • Lahore

    Pakistani Christians celebrate a mass on Easter Sunday.Photograph: Rahat Dar/EPA

    People in front of a church taking a selfie
  • Souvenance

    Haitian voodoo followers take a ceremonial dip in a sacred pool during Easter weekend in Souvenance, a suburb of Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince.Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

    people up to their waists in water, with arms outstretched
  • Ouro Preto

    Brazilian Catholics walk over a sawdust carpet during an Easter Sunday procession representing the resurrection of ChristPhotograph: Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images

    People walk over a sawdust carpet under a big red banner
  • Ouchy,

    Lausanne The Easter Mosaic is a local tradition – this is the 20th and is made of 39,780 dyed eggs in a pattern based on a drawing by the Swiss comics artist Bernard Cosendai, aka Cosey.Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

    people lay down eggs in the shape of a comic-book picture
  • Mezokovesd

    A folk artist shows decorated Easter eggs in Matyo, east of Budapest.Photograph: Zsolt Czegledi/EPA

    woman holding tray of decorated easter eggs
  • Mezokovesd

    According to an old Hungarian tradition, young men pour water on young women, who give them beautifully coloured eggs in exchange.Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

    Men throw water on women
  • Leon

    Penitents carry a float in the Procession of the Meeting as part of Easter Sunday celebrations in Spain, in which the image of the Risen Christ meets that of the Virgin Mary.Photograph: J Casares/EPA

    People in scary pointed hoods and white robes
  • Gaza City

    Orthodox Christians attend the Palm Sunday procession. The Orthodox church runs on a different calendar to the Catholic and Protestant Easter and they celebrated the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem a week later.Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    children in white dresses and red sashes
  • Cairo, Egypt

    An Egyptian Coptic Christian stands next to a cross at the monastery of Samaan al-Kharraz.Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

    cross on a stone with a man standing behind it
  • Jerusalem

    Women kiss and touch the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus’s body is said to have been anointed before burial during rituals, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims have descended on the holy city of Jerusalem to attend activities to mark Holy week from 25 March 25 to 2 April.Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    Women in headscarves kneeling and bending their heads
  • Glasgow, Scotland

    Bikers at Glasgow Green take part in Glasgow Children’s hospital charity Easter egg run on their motorbikes.Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

    A biker in easter bunny suit
  • Gaza City

    Palestinian Christians attend a service on Easter Sunday at the Church of Saint Porphyrius.Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

    children holding crosses
  • New York City

    A woman wears a mask made of faces at the Easter Bonnet parade outside St Patrick’s CathedralPhotograph: Peter Foley/EPA

    woman in silver mask


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