ASIA is a great place to be during Easter – the weather is warm and fairly dry, and the crowds from the West would have subsided from the Christmas peak.
As traditions and celebrations vary across the region, here’s a glimpse of how Easter was signified in select countries throughout Asia.
Hanoi Archbishop Cardinal Peter Nguyen Van Nhon washes the feet of a nun while he performs the Catholic “washing the feet” ceremony at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi. Source: Reuters/KHAM
A Catholic worshipper kisses the crucifix during the annual Good Friday ceremony as part of Easter celebration at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi. Source: Reuters/KHAM
A man portrays Jesus Christ during a re-enactment to mark Good Friday in Guwahati, India. Source: Reuters/Anuwar Hazarika
Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity attend a Good Friday procession in Kolkata, India. Source: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri
People pray in front of Jesus Christ statues at a church to mark Good Friday in Kolkata, India. Source: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A man portraying Jesus Christ carries a cross while performing a re-enactment during the Good Friday procession in Mumbai, India. Source: Reuters/Shailesh Andrade
Masked penitents locally called “Morions” take part during the Good Friday re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in Boac, Marinduque, central Philippines. Source: Reuters/Erik De Castro
Ruben Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ for the 31st time, grimaces in pain as he was nailed to a wooden cross during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in Cutud village, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. Source: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
A girl takes part in a local Lenten ritual called “Moriones” in Mogpog, Marinduque, Philippines. Source: Reuters/Erik De Castro
A man holds an image of Jesus Christ while surrounded by churchgoers holding palm fronds during a Palm Sunday mass in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines. Source: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
Christians pray during a Good Friday mass at the St. Andrews Church in Karachi, Pakistan. Source: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro
A girl attends the Easter mass at the Fatima Church in Islamabad, Pakistan. Source: Reuters/Faisal Mahmood