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After 2 years, Kolkata celebrates Easter with rally, prayers

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Christians in the city celebrated Easter on Sunday with prayers and an Easter rally from St Paul’s Cathedral to St James’ School ground, after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. The event was organised by the United Christians of Kolkata and culminated with a joint service at St James’ School ground.

During the event, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, Fr Dominic Gomes, was spotted playing the accordion for the masses from the back of an open-air truck along with other musicians. Fr Dominic had been attending the Easter Vigil ceremonies and Liturgy readings from the previous night until 6.30am, Easter morning, along with other priests.

Along the procession, members of the rally sang hymns in English, Hindi and Bengali, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus, while volunteers distributed pamphlets to bystanders. “We are very happy that Easter celebrations are back in full swing,” said a participant in the rally. An observer watching the rally from the pavement near Maidan Metro station commented: “All of Kolkata is celebrating this week. It is really nice to see these kind of processions and hear the lively music being played.”

Several members of the crowd commented on the impressive turnout of participants, following two years of Covid restrictions. Commenting on how she plans on concluding Easter festivities after the rally, president of the Catholic Association of Bengal, Angelina Mantosh Jasnani, said: “The evening functions will be among family members and a few close friends.”

Several other members of the Christian community in the city shared similar plans of private domestic parties for families and club events to celebrate a vivacious Easter.

Commenting on the appeal of Easter celebrations for Kolkatans outside of the Christian faith, student of English literature, Ipshita Chakrabarty, said: “Easter and Christmas holds a large mystique for people in the city, who are not affiliated with the Christian faith. This is partly because of the warmth and calmness that one gets from listening to hymns. It helps break the humdrum monotony of a fast-paced city life. Also the aesthetic and visual splendour associated with the symbolism of these holidays make it really alluring. I always look forward to attending Easter Vigils, even though I am from a traditional Hindu Bengali family.”

Source: Times of India

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