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Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus

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Easter: Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

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IS claims Sri Lanka blasts, as government says probe making progress

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people, coordinated attacks on churches and hotels that officials said were believed to be retaliation..
Reuters - Published

PM attends Sri Lankan service in Darwin

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended a service at a Buddhist temple in Darwin with local Sri Lankans to offer support after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.
SBS - Published

Videos for Easter

Suspected Sri Lanka church bomber seen on CCTV [Video]Suspected Sri Lanka church bomber seen on CCTV

Sri Lankan local broadcasters have shown surveillance footage of a suspected bomber carrying a heavy backpack and walking on the street before heading into St. Sebastian Church, one of seven locations..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Sri Lanka Bombings [Video]Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Sri Lanka Bombings

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people. Officials reportedly believe that..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:48Published

Sri Lankan Bombings Believed To Be Revenge For New Zealand Mosque Killings [Video]Sri Lankan Bombings Believed To Be Revenge For New Zealand Mosque Killings

According to Reuters, a Sri Lankan official has issued a statement saying the devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand. The Islamic State has..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Father remembers young son killed in Sri Lanka blasts [Video]Father remembers young son killed in Sri Lanka blasts

Alex Arrow, the father of fifth-grade Washington, D.C. student Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa who was killed in the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, says his son had a brilliant mind and "was going to do great..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

Colombo residents observe a moment of silence [Video]Colombo residents observe a moment of silence

People gathered to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of the Easter Sunday's attacks at 08:30 am local

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Sri Lanka Death Toll Reaches 300 [Video]Sri Lanka Death Toll Reaches 300

At least 300 people are dead and dozens more were injured after a series of explosions hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Churches were bombed as worshippers attended Easter Sunday service. The..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Deadly Attacks In Sri Lanka Spell Trouble For Tourism Economy [Video]Deadly Attacks In Sri Lanka Spell Trouble For Tourism Economy

According to CNN Business, the series of deadly attacks in Sri Lanka over the weekend could damage Asia's fragile economies. The bombs that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Sri Lanka Attacks Likely the Work of Islamist Militants [Video]Sri Lanka Attacks Likely the Work of Islamist Militants

According to Reuters, experts on Monday have said that coordinated Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka had the hallmarks of militant groups Islamic State or al Qaeda. No group..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Sri Lanka PM Not Alerted to Warning of Attack Because of Feud [Video]Sri Lanka PM Not Alerted to Warning of Attack Because of Feud

According to Reuters, a rift between Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister came under scrutiny on Monday a day after a series of deadly bomb blasts, with questions over how the government handled..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Hottest Easter Monday on record across UK [Video]Hottest Easter Monday on record across UK

All four of the UK nations have recorded their warmest Easter Monday on record, the Met Office has said. The Met Office said a high of 25C was recorded in England, with top temperatures in Scotland,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Young women 'watered like plants' in ancient Easter tradition [Video]Young women 'watered like plants' in ancient Easter tradition

The so-called "watering" of the women on Easter Monday is an old fertility rite that dates back to pre-Christian times.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

The World Coal Carrying Championships [Video]The World Coal Carrying Championships

The World Coal Carrying Championships take place every Easter Monday since 1963 in the West Yorkshire village of Gawthorpe. The men, women and veterans race for over half a mile with a bag of coal on..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:41Published

London gun salutes celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 93rd birthday [Video]London gun salutes celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 93rd birthday

Gun salutes rang out in Hyde Park and the Tower of London in the British capital on Monday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's birthday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

Pope Francis Condemns Sri Lanka Attacks [Video]Pope Francis Condemns Sri Lanka Attacks

According to Reuters, Pope Francis on Monday decried the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people over the weekend. The Holy Father called for universal condemnation of..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

7 Suicide Bombers Killed 290 People In Sri Lanka [Video]7 Suicide Bombers Killed 290 People In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:46Published

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK says eight British nationals killed in attacks [Video]Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK says eight British nationals killed in attacks

Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK, Manisha Gunasekera, said eight British nationals were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:18Published

Holy Thursday in Guatemala [Video]Holy Thursday in Guatemala

Hundreds of faithful took part in a Holy Thursday procession took in the Guatemalan city of Antigua on Thursday to mark the start of a series of solemn ceremonies in the lead up to Easter.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

India's Modi condemns Easter attacks in Sri Lanka [Video]India's Modi condemns Easter attacks in Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned a series of deadly bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:29Published

Easter bunny hosts underwater egg hunt [Video]Easter bunny hosts underwater egg hunt

Dozens of people came out to search underwater for hard-boiled eggs off Key Largo, Florida, on Sunday. The Underwater Easter Egg Hunt was held in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and was..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:54Published

Notre Dame: Bible That Survived Fire Given To Paris Fire Chief [Video]Notre Dame: Bible That Survived Fire Given To Paris Fire Chief

Business INsider reports With no cathedral to go to, hundreds of Parisians gathered for Easter Sunday mass at the smaller Saint-Eustache catholic church on the city's right bank, and prayed for the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:30Published

Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media After Easter Bombings [Video]Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media After Easter Bombings

According to Gizmodo, Sri Lanka's government is in the process of blocking access to Facebook, after at least 207 people were killed and over four hundred more wounded by a series of bombs at Easter..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:44Published

Americans Were Killed In Sri Lanka Easter Blasts [Video]Americans Were Killed In Sri Lanka Easter Blasts

Reuters reports U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that “several U.S. citizens were among those killed” in the horrific bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka. The series of bomb blasts..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Paris prays for Notre-Dame's speedy restoration at Easter mass [Video]Paris prays for Notre-Dame's speedy restoration at Easter mass

Parisians held Easter mass at the smaller Saint-Eustache catholic church after Notre-Dame was devastated in a fire on Monday.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:21Published

Pope condemns Sri Lanka Easter attacks [Video]Pope condemns Sri Lanka Easter attacks

Pope Francis condemned the deadly bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, calling it "cruel violence." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Happy Birthday sung to Queen after Easter Sunday service [Video]Happy Birthday sung to Queen after Easter Sunday service

The Queen has been treated to an impromptu rendition of the song Happy Birthday, following an Easter Mattins service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. This year, the monarch's 93rd birthday..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:46Published

 

'We are shell shocked': Relatives bury dead in Sri Lanka amid new security fears

Sri Lankans wept and prayed on Tuesday as they buried their dead from suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels that killed 321 people in the country's worst violence..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka bomb attacks were revenge for N.Zealand mosque killings: minister

Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bomb attacks were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, adding that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka detains Syrian for questioning over attacks: sources

Sri Lankan police are holding a Syrian national in custody for questioning over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, three government and military sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka wakes to emergency law after Easter bombing attacks

Sri Lankans woke to emergency law on Tuesday as authorities searched for those behind suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 290 people at the weekend, with the focus turning to..
Reuters - Published

Woman hit with 28 demerit points in one go over Easter weekend

A NSW woman allegedly was using her phone with three children not restrained properly.
SBS - Published

Washington student, Denver man among the dead in Sri Lanka blasts

A fifth-grade student at an exclusive private school in Washington, D.C., and a Denver man on a business trip were among the U.S. residents killed in the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, a media report and..
Reuters - Published

'We kept calling her': Sri Lankans scour hospitals, morgue for loved ones

Sri Lankans scoured hospitals and morgues for missing loved ones on Monday, a day after suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels killed 290 people and wounded about..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka's bomb carnage casts pall over tourism revival

With its capital under curfew following devastating Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and upmarket hotels, Sri Lanka is filled with fear, horror and grief and tourists who have been flocking to..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka to declare emergency from midnight after Easter Day blasts

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will declare a nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday following Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts at churches and luxury hotels that killed 290 people..
Reuters - Published

Three children of Danish billionaire killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Denmark's richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for Povlsen's fashion firm said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Easter drowning toll reaches seven, including two lifesavers


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PM offers love, faith in time of despair

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is restarting his election campaign after the Easter pause with a visit to Victoria, a key battleground alongside Queensland.
SBS - Published

Coalition facing questions over water buybacks as Easter truce ends

Scott Morrison has returned to the campaign trail in Melbourne while Bill Shorten promises cash for regional tourism.
SBS - Published

Environment back in focus as campaigning resumes

The Murray-Darling Basin may be the centre of debate as the leaders return to the campaign trail after the Easter truce.
SBS - Published

Morrison returns to Victoria for campaign

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is restarting his election campaign after the Easter pause with a visit to Victoria, a key battleground alongside Queensland.
SBS - Published

Britons among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks: UK Foreign Office

British nationals were among the more than 200 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.
Reuters - Published

U.S.' Pompeo: Americans were among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that "several U.S. citizens were among those killed" in a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter morning that killed more than 200 people and..
Reuters - Published

At Easter mass, Parisians pray for Notre-Dame's swift restoration

With no cathedral to go to, hundreds of Parisians gathered for Easter Sunday mass at the smaller Saint-Eustache catholic church on the city's right bank, and prayed for the swift restoration of..
Reuters - Published

Queen celebrates 93rd birthday at Easter service

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest reigning living monarch, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Sunday by attending the traditional Easter service at Windsor Castle.
Reuters - Published

Easter marred by Sri Lanka bombs, pope says in condemning blasts

Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday address, condemned as "such cruel violence" the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 100 people and were timed to coincide with the most important day in the..
Reuters - Published

Pope condemns Sri Lanka Easter attacks as 'such cruel violence'

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned attacks that killed at least 138 people in three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka as "such cruel violence" and said he was close to the Christian community, hit..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Reaction to Sri Lanka attacks

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of..
Reuters - Published

Bombs kill 138, wound hundreds in Easter attacks on Sri Lanka churches, hotels

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of..
Reuters - Published

Bendigo's Chinese dragon tradition continues after more than 120 years

Continuing a tradition dating back to 1892, the Victorian town of Bendigo has unveiled its Golden Chinese Dragon during its Easter parade.
SBS - Published

Truce leads to sideshow for Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spent Easter Sunday with his family, attending his church and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
SBS - Published

Easter Day bomb blasts kill more than 20 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels killed more than 20 people and wounded nearly 300, a hospital official and police sources said.
Reuters - Published

Explosions hit two Sri Lankan churches, two hotels at Easter: police

Two Sri Lankan churches and two hotels were hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, wounding several people, police sources said.
Reuters - Published

Politics pauses for Easter message of hope

Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten put their campaigning on hold for Easter Sunday as religious leaders preached messages of hope in Jesus' resurrection.
SBS - Published

'Hope, worship, reflection': Morrison, Shorten mark Easter Sunday

The leaders of Australia's major parties have highlighted the importance of family, reflection and worship in their Easter messages.
SBS - Published

Crossbenchers ignore the Easter truce

Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have called a campaign truce for Easter Sunday but that hasn't stopped crossbenchers from hitting the airways.
SBS - Published

Bill Shorten at church during Easter truce

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his family have started their Easter Sunday at a Brisbane church, on day 11 of the federal election campaign.
SBS - Published

Morrison sings of glorious days for Easter

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has started Easter Sunday with his family at his home town church in Sutherland.
SBS - Published

Pope leads Catholics into Easter with vigil Mass

Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics into Easter at a vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, urging the faithful to live not for transient things like wealth and success but for..
Reuters - Published

Shorten in Brisbane for Queensland blitz

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has arrived in Brisbane, where he will spend Easter Sunday, before jetting off across Queensland over several days.
SBS - Published

Shorten and family send Easter message

Labor Leader Bill Shorten has joined with wife Chloe and daughter Clementine to offer an Easter message to Australians, as he takes a break for the holy day.
SBS - Published

PM hops off the election trail for Easter

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to spend Sunday with his family as the shaky Easter campaign truce kicks in again.
SBS - Published

Easter and Anzac Day show sacrifice comes in many forms

Easter and Anzac Day are very different occasions, but what they have in common is sacrifice.
The Age - Published

Easter's inspirational message: building bridges in time of division

Across the Western world we are entering dangerous waters, as public disdain for others becomes the norm rather than the exception. Easter can inspire us to think differently.
The Age - Published

If we're celebrating Easter, why not Passover and Ramadan, too?

Why shouldn’t I be observing Ramadan, the Day of the Dead and Passover with a religious holiday too?
The Age - Published

Nine-month-old girl among Easter road toll

A baby girl in Western Australia is among those killed on Australian roads this Easter long weekend, bringing the total deaths so far to 12.
SBS - Published

Gary Ablett explains why he unliked Israel Folau's social media post

Geelong star Gary Ablett has used an Easter message to explain why he liked and unliked Israel Folau's controversial social media post.
SBS - Published

NSW records first Easter road fatalities

Two elderly men - aged 71 and 92 - have died on NSW's roads over the Easter long weekend following separate crashes at Inverell and Beecroft.
SBS - Published

Australian Easter egg makers are helping end child exploitation in the chocolate industry

With spending on chocolate in Australia expected to exceed $200 million this Easter, there are calls to ensure what you buy is fairtrade and slavery-free.
SBS - Published

Shorten to 'stop the rot' on penalty rates

Penalty rate cuts will cost ordinary workers hundreds of dollars over Easter, Bill Shorten warns, as he resumes his federal election campaign after a day off.
SBS - Published

Workers losing hundreds over Easter: Labor

Penalty rate cuts will cost ordinary workers hundreds of dollars over Easter, Bill Shorten warns, as he restarts his federal election campaign after a day off.
SBS - Published

Thirteen dead in South Africa after church wall collapses

Thirteen people were killed in a south-eastern province of South Africa during an Easter service after a church wall collapsed on them late on Thursday following days of heavy rains and strong winds,..
Reuters - Published

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