Easter celebrated around the world

Christians around the world have been celebrating Easter Sunday.

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'Battle of the Churches' as Greek island celebrates Easter

Rockets fly over Vrontados village during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations. Credit: Reuters

Every year, two rival parishes on the northern Greek island of Chios fire handmade rockets at each other's bell towers to celebrate Orthodox Easter.

Rockets in flight Credit: Reuters

The celebration, known as "rouketopolemos", sees parishioners from Aghios Markos and Panagia Ereithiani fire the handmade fireworks at the other's church bell towers.

The winning village is the one which scores the most direct hits on the other's church.

Rockets streak through the sky during Greek Orthodox easter celebrations on Chios. Credit: Reuters
  1. Wales

Archbishop calls for Christians to protect environment

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, called for Christians to take climate change seriously Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has called on people to make changes to their way of life to help protect the environment for future generations.

In his Easter sermon at Llandaff Cathedral this morning, Dr Morgan said Christians needed to take climate change and its impact seriously and react, rather than burying their heads in the sand.


  1. West Country

First church service held at Moorland since floods

First church service held at Moorland since floods Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.


Easter celebrated across Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

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.

Ukrainian Orthodox worshippers attend a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Donetsk. Credit: Reuters
A girl walks past an installation made of Easter eggs in Kiev. Credit: Reuters
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