While Easter signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new life, for many, it remains a time to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. The forty days of Lent is a time for Christians to seek a renewal of their faith and the community in Nashik was no exception. It is a time to rejoice in the resurrection of the Lord. It is time to be joyous and happy. While the season of Lent may be contemplative, Easter signifies new life. Christian community from Nashik celebrated Easter Day with grace.
For many, Easter is a day for family and friends to come together. A traditional lunch, just like at Christmas, is what most go for. But unlike Christmas, which is a two-week season, festivities last for just a day for Easter. Still it is a time for enjoyment. While fruit cakes, traditional marzipan eggs and chocolate bunnies add to the flavour of the festival, the food boasts of no special fare. People generally prefer something light, in keeping with the weather. Traditionally, there is no Easter-specific food, but people generally lay out salads and lots of fresh fruit.
Usually at Easter, when the baptismal vows are renewed, the months that follow also refer to a renewal of one’s faith. on Saturday, the other important rituals that took place are service of the light, which is lighting of the candle that reminds one of the resurrection, liturgy of the word, which is reading from scriptures (the old and the new testaments), and liturgy of water, which is blessing the water that is then used for blessing people and home and for baptism. The last thing is the liturgy of the Eucharist. On Easter day, churches across the city held special prayer services in Nashik and families and relatives make sure they meet each other and distribute goodies.