The Easter period is perhaps the most important time of year in the Christian calendar and despite everyone celebrating essentially the same thing, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Easter celebrations from around the world are incredibly diverse and fascinating.

Rather than me rambling on about the different ways the celebration is practised throughout the world, it is much better for everyone to see it through the power of imagery, with a short caption so you know what is going on.

Some of the pictures provoke joy, others intrigue, other just straight up fascination and interest. Humans are amazing creatures.

Whether or not you celebrate the Easter period, I hope that these photos move you in some shape or form, especially when you can picture many of them happening in real-time.


A woman from Eritrea and her baby pray at the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus’s body is said to have been anointed before burial, during rituals to celebrate Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City in Jerusalem on April 1, 2018.

Chris McGrath / Getty



South Korean Christians pray during an annual Easter service rally at Yeonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, on April 1. 2018. About 10,000 participants prayed for peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Ahn Young-Joon / AP



The statue of Jesus del Gran Poder, or “Jesus of Great Power,” is accompanied by thousands in a procession marking Good Friday, in Quito, Ecuador, on March 30, 2018

Dolores Ochoa / AP



Christians in South Sudan reenact the scene of Jesus Christ being led to his crucifixion, in Juba on March 30, 2018. Christians represent some 60 per cent of the population of South Sudan, approximately six million people, with the remainder of the population following traditional African religions and Islam as well as other religions.

Bullen Chol / AFP / Getty




Haitian voodoo followers take a ceremonial dip in a sacred pool during Easter weekend in Souvenance, a suburb of Gonaives, north of Port-au-Prince.

Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images



The ancient Roman Colosseum, photographed before the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession of Good Friday, on March 30, 2018.

Marco Bertorello / AFP / Getty




Uwe Gerstenberg adjusts Easter eggs on a Robinia tree that holds more than 10,000 painted eggs in Saalfeld, Germany, on March 30, 2018

Jens Meyer / AP


Lausanne The Easter Mosaic is a local tradition – this is the 20th and is made of 39,780 dyed eggs in a pattern based on a drawing by the Swiss comics artist Bernard Cosendai, aka Cosey.

Laurent Gillieron/EPA



Dressed in Bukovina Szekler folk costumes, young men throw water on young women in Ciko, Hungary, on April 2, 2018. According to a centuries-old tradition in Hungarian villages, young men pour water on young women, who in exchange present the men with beautifully coloured eggs on Easter Monday.

Tamas Soki / MTI via AP



Spanish legionnaires carry a crucifix figure depicting El Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Christ of the Good Death) to the Santo Domingo de Guzman church during the Cristo de Mena Holy Week procession on March 29, 2018, in Malaga, Spain.

Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty



Bikers at Glasgow Green take part in Glasgow Children’s hospital charity Easter egg run on their motorbikes.

Andrew Milligan/PA



People set fire to an effigy during the traditional burning of Judas on Holy Saturday in La Merced neighbourhood in Mexico City, on March 31, 2018.

Henry Romero / Reuters



Worshipers carry a wooden cross down to the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Way of the Cross procession in the Old City on March 30, 2018, in Jerusalem.

Chris McGrath / Getty



Children look for eggs hidden in the sand of the beach as they participate in an Easter egg hunt in Hong Kong on March 31, 2018.

Kin Cheung / AP



An Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christian priest throws holy water during a Palm Sunday mass at the Samaan el-Kharaz Monastery near Cairo, Egypt, on April 1, 2018.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters