Christians rejoice in glory of Risen Christ at Easter Sunday in Mumbai | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The miracle of the Risen Christ is an article of faith for the Christian community. All believers, young and old, are rejoicing as they celebrate Easter Sunday, the festival that marks His Resurrection from the grave, on April 9.
Festivities began after Easter Vigil mass Saturday night. Archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Cardinal Gracias led mass at Holy Name Cathedral. Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the archdiocese, said, “The Easter service invites the community to watch and wait as ‘darkness changes to light’. Out of darkness and suffering comes the greatest triumph of all time, the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We celebrate Jesus coming forth from the tomb, knowing that now we too can come forth from the darkness of sin in our life and share in the newness of life.”
Fr Davis Tharakan, parish priest of St Thomas Church, Vashi, celebrated mass at 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm with 600 parishioners in attendance. “We had a live depiction of the Resurrection of Jesus at 8.00 pm,” he said.
As 40 days of Lenten fasting come to an end, families will lay the table with wine and liquor, meat and Easter eggs at Sunday lunch. Home bakers and confectioners like Steven D’Penha and his sister-in-law Marina from Kolbad, Thane, had a good season supplying homemade marzipan and chocolate eggs, bunnies and hot cross buns. “We completed our household and school orders on Maundy Thursday because we make and decorate each piece by hand,” said Steven.
The East Indian community celebrates Easter as ‘Pasku Cha Sann’, said Gleason Barretto, spokesman of the Mobai Gaothan Panchayat (MGP). He said, “Pasku comes from the Portuguese word ‘Pascoa’ which means Easter and ‘Sann’ means feast. The family together has a meal comprising ethnic dishes like duck moile, fugyas, varas, mutton khuddi, pork sorpotel, stuffed chicken, moogoor (sweet) and the all time specialty, khimad. The celebration starts when all raise their drinks together saying ‘Sukhala’!”

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