Although humanity has evolved at a fast pace in the last centuries, religion still plays a very important role in its life. Although we have supercomputers in our pockets connecting us to the world, allowing us to enjoy awesome real money online casino games wherever we are, and always keep our finger on the pulse of the latest events, we always reach back to the traditions and beliefs of our ancestors and celebrate the most important events in their lives, filled with belief, faith, and reverence.
Christianity is one of the most widespread religions in the Western world but it’s not confined to that area – it is present on all continents, in all countries, to a different extent. India is not the country you might think of as a Christian one, yet it does have a significant Christian population of about 24 million (according to the 2001 census) – equal to the population of a small European country, for that matter. So it is safe to say that Easter is indeed celebrated in India, too. India is a land of cultural diversity, where populations with different beliefs and sets of traditions live next to each other. The country itself is respectful of all religions, so Easter is celebrated like all other religious festivals in the country.
The roots of the Easter celebrations have been laid during the British occupation of the country, so they are in many ways similar to the ones observed in the United Kingdom. Traditional foods consumed around this time of the year include Simnel cakes – fruit cakes with two layers of almond paste – traditionally served on Easter Sunday. One of the most popular destinations visited by Christians during Easter is the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Goa. The church was built to replace a colonial Portuguese Baroque style in the 1600s, and it is home tot he second largest bell in Goa, second only to Golden Bell that resides in the SÃ© Cathedral in Old Goa.
As in most other countries, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies are also part of the celebration. During Easter, these decorative elements are widely available in stores. The traditions go even further – like those of many other countries, Goan streets are also invaded by processions and colourful carnivals celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a public holiday in India, so many people take the opportunity to enjoy the spring weather in various getaway locations – like the exotic beaches of Goa.