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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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Reuters - Published

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Firstpost - Published

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Reuters - Published

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Firstpost - Published

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Firstpost - Published

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Reuters - Published

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Reuters - Published

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Firstpost - Published

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DNA - Published

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