Archbishop Justin Welby highlights the hardship of suffering through conflicts in his Easter message
A service is being held in a Somerset parish church for the first time since massive floods devastated the area. Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Moorland this afternoon to mark Easter Sunday. It's around 3 months since homes were flooded and for many the clean up continues.
The Prime Minister has sent Easter wishes to Christians celebrating the religious festival:
Today is a day for Christians to celebrate and for the whole country to celebrate what Christianity brings to Britain. Happy Easter to all.
Despite the splits in the country Christians across Ukraine have been celebrating a traditional Easter. Candlelight vigils, Easter baskets and blessings have been given at churches and cathedrals.
Pope Francis on led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Celebrations took place across the globe from Canada to Ukraine.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering from conflict around the world and in Britain.
Speaking later today from Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby will say: "In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands. In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered.
"In this country, even as the economy improves there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt. Asylum seekers weep with loneliness and missing far away families. Mary continues to weep across the world", he will say.
Delivering only his second Easter message since becoming head of the Church of England, the Most Rev Justin Welby will also praise the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the globe.
Christianity's holiest shrine was lit up with the flames of thousands of candles today as worshippers celebrated the holy fire ceremony, a key spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.
Some Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem
The source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret but believers say the flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on the day before Easter to show Jesus has not forgotten his followers.
The ritual dates back at least 1,200 years.
Good Friday has been celebrated across the world today with events taking place from Paraguay to Germany to the UK.
Good Friday has been celebrated across the world today with events taking place from Paris to Jerusalem to Valencia.