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Kerala Governor greets people on Easter being celebrated with fervour in the state
Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam has greeted the people of state and Christian Malayalis living abroad on the occasion of Easter. In a message, Sathasivam wished that Easter would bring people closer in a profound spirit of love, oneness, peace and harmony.

Easter is much celebrated religious holiday in Kerala commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the son of God. The Christians in the state celebrate the story of Jesus Christ and his resurrection after execution. Often, attending a church service, listening to the sermon or reading over the Easter story are main ways to focus on the meaning of observance.

In most Keralite Christian families, the Holy Week - the week before Easter Sunday - is observed starting with Passion Sunday, which is observed on the Sunday before Easter Sunday to recall Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem one week before his execution. It is followed by Holy Monday that commemorates Jesus' cleansing of the temple.

Holy Tuesday is observed to recall Jesus' description to his disciples on the Mount of Olives of the destruction of Jerusalem, while Holy Wednesday recalls Judas' decision to betray Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver. It is followed by Maundy Thursday that marks the Last Supper, Jesus agony in the garden and his arrest.

Good or Holy Friday recalls Jesus' death on the cross as blessings of humanity that Christians believe arose as a result of Jesus' execution.

Easter Sunday is the most important day of the year for Christians. It is when they celebrate those three days after being executed; Jesus rose from the dead, often called 'the Resurrection' and defeated evil forever. A lot of Churches start the Easter Sunday celebrations at Midnight on Easter Eve. Candles are used in churches start the Easter Day Midnight celebrations to remember that Jesus is the light who got rid of the darkness of evil.

Though, Christianity is the third-most practiced religion in Kerala, but the Christian population of Kerala is proportionally much larger than that of India as a whole. It is held by the many historians that the Keralite Christianity relates to the arrival of Saint Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus at the ancient seaport Muziris on the Kerala coast of Pattanam in AD 52. 

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