The Holy land celebrates Easter with thousands of international pilgrims as well as local residents who gather at the sites which has Biblical reference.
Easter is celebrated with enthusiasm and spiritualism in the Holy land. The celebrations begin with the commencement of the Holy Week on. The Holy Week begins one week before. As per the tradition, pilgrims walk with palm leaves and branches of olive on the same path that Lord had trod, about two thousand years ago. The pilgrims return on these holy grounds on again and this time visiting some historical sites on the way.
Easter Sunday sees pilgrims and local people celebrate the birth and the resurrection of Lord. There are special prayers or masses, services and vigils for Lord on that day in the Holy city. There are 20 different masses which are held throughout the day in 24 hours at the Church of Holy Sepulcher.
As per the belief of the Roman Catholics and the traditions, it is said that Jesus was buried in the chamber of the Sepulcher. He later resurrected from this place, making it a place of pilgrimage.
Who come to attend Easter at the Holy land?
The city of Jerusalem successfully accommodates the six different Christian sects who are also represented in the Holy Sepulcher. These include Armenian Orthodox, Egyptian Coptic, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Ethiopian. There are different calendars which are followed by the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox churches and hence, they have at a difference of two weeks.
Palestine and Israel is referred as the Holy land. It is rightfully said so because of its historical and spiritual connection. The land has several faiths which it follows with elegance. These include Christianity, Islamic faith and Judaism. Some of the places of historical importance include the Holy Sepulcher, Golgotha, Church of Nativity, the Cave, and Mount of Olives and so on.
With so much of crowd on an Easter in Holy land, it becomes very difficult for the security to control. The Holy land sees immense pilgrimage every year from all over the world. In spite of the Israeli security measures there are pilgrims flying in from Germany, Russia, Peru, and so on as tourists and devotees. These days the Palestinian pilgrimage has reduced due to several political factors.