Celebrating Easter Around The World : The Two-Way Images from around the world showcase the diverse ways Christians celebrate the Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
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In Photos: Easter Around The World

For Christians around the world, the Holy Week and Easter are a time to celebrate Jesus Christ's return to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and his resurrection.

In some countries, that can mean lighting candles, attending ceremonies and watching solemn processions go by. In others, it can be a chance to dance, make music and eat special foods.

From a balcony in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, above a sea of eager faces, Pope Frances spoke of how "Christians believe and know that Christ's resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint."

He said, "It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love which humbles itself and gives itself to the very end, and thus truly renews the world."

As Christians everywhere partake in Easter festivities, he called for "fruits of peace upon the entire world," especially in countries like Syria, Yemen and Venezuela where suffering endures.

Pope Francis delivers delivers an Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi, an address to the city and to the world, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. AP hide caption

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Pope Francis delivers delivers an Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi, an address to the city and to the world, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Syrian scouts parade through the Christian neighborhood of Bab Sharqi in Old Damascus. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian scouts parade through the Christian neighborhood of Bab Sharqi in Old Damascus.

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Pakistani Christians attend an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistani Christians attend an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore.

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People and pets in Los Angeles gather for the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony, presided over by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. The tradition began in 1930 and is normally held the day before Easter. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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People and pets in Los Angeles gather for the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony, presided over by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. The tradition began in 1930 and is normally held the day before Easter.

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Goly dancers from the Baoule community, one of the Ivory Coast's largest groups, perform in a youth residence in Assounvoue village during "Paquinou." It is an Easter celebration with reconciliation, food, music and dance. SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goly dancers from the Baoule community, one of the Ivory Coast's largest groups, perform in a youth residence in Assounvoue village during "Paquinou." It is an Easter celebration with reconciliation, food, music and dance.

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Iraqi Christians survived ISIS's genocide, and for Easter, children painted eggs in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Christians survived ISIS's genocide, and for Easter, children painted eggs in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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"Costaleros" from "La Merced" brotherhood get ready to start a procession through Cordoba inside San Antonio de Padua Church. Spain celebrates the holy week before Easter with processions through towns and villages. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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"Costaleros" from "La Merced" brotherhood get ready to start a procession through Cordoba inside San Antonio de Padua Church. Spain celebrates the holy week before Easter with processions through towns and villages.

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Ruben Enaje, a Christian in the Philippines, participates in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday celebrations in the village of Cutud. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ruben Enaje, a Christian in the Philippines, participates in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Good Friday celebrations in the village of Cutud.

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In Antigua, southern Guatemala, men dressed as Roman soldiers and carried a religious float with a statue of Jesus Christ during a Holy Week procession. Moises Castillo/AP hide caption

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In Antigua, southern Guatemala, men dressed as Roman soldiers and carried a religious float with a statue of Jesus Christ during a Holy Week procession.

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Catholics attend a mass on Holy Saturday as part of Easter celebrations in Beijing's government-sanctioned South Cathedral. GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Catholics attend a mass on Holy Saturday as part of Easter celebrations in Beijing's government-sanctioned South Cathedral.

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