In the midst of the news that the lockdown has been extended, the chief minister’s reassurance of bakeries resuming normal operations, albeit with necessary precautions, has made the city Christians happy. The community that will be celebrating Easter from Sunday spent Saturday, which is known as Easter Vigil, in prayers.
While production had been limited in most bakeries for the past few days, the CM’s message was interpreted as a go-ahead for cakes and Easter goodies like buns, marzipans and eggs to be produced as well. This year, however, there will be no visiting friends and relatives for feasts and no egg hunt.
“We are happy that we have been able to take some orders, though it is way lower than the other years,” said Debbie Saldanha, owner of the popular bakery.
Owners of other bakeries, like Cookie Jar, rued the fact that the extension of the lockdown has spread panic among workers and could affect them adversely. “We might not be able to operate beyond Sunday,” said Lovey Burman, the owner.
Vigil Saturday mass, webcast by the Archdiocese of Kolkata, was viewed by parishioners of 65 churches of the Roman Catholic order. Archbishop Thomas D Souza explained the meaning of the Vigil and the importance of lighting the Pascal candle. Throughout his speech, D Souza remembered the everyday heroes, like doctors and nurses, who are making the Covid fight possible. He also spoke about common people, like the woman who drove thousands of km to get her son home.
“This year’s Easter is special, the Vigil candle lights give us hope to defeat the pandemic,” said vicar general Dominic Gomes.
Source: Times of India