Kozhikode: Christian community in Kerala celebrated Easter on Sunday abiding to Covid protocol. Last year due to the national lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, people stayed indoors and had celebrated Easter.
Traditionally, the faithful throng churches early in the morning for the Easter Sunday mass. After the mass, priests hand out cake and at some places, even a spook of wine is served.
Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, head of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Kerala, said that Covid had changed the normal lives of people even threatening the very survival. We have lost valuable lives and it is an experience of hope.
Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry said that this Easter will give hope and let us pray for Almighty’s strength. Let our togetherness give us strength to deal with the present pandemic.
The cake and wine symbolizes that the six-week-long lent is over, when people turn vegetarian and avoid the consumption of alcohol.
The day starts with the Easter breakfast, which includes ''appam'' (rice flour pancakes), chicken stew, beef roast, while at some places duck is the important non vegetarian dish, besides steamed bananas, egg roast and cake.
The Easter lunch also has a wide spread and of late, many prefer to have a steaming hot plate biryani or fried rice with a non vegetarian dish.