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Christians in the holy land and across the world celebrate Easter

Sorb riders on decorated horses, carrying banners and crosses

Christians in the Holy Land and across the world celebrated Easter last Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

The cavernous Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's old city was packed with worshippers on Sunday. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christian women were among those to pray at Deir El Sultan outside the church on Easter Sunday.

A Mass took place later in Bethlehem's Nativity Church, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.

In Germany, Sorb riders on decorated horses, carrying banners and crosses, took part in a Easter procession near Zerkwitz. The traditional Easter ride has been performed since centuries by the Sorbs, a Slavic minority in southeastern Germany.

And thousands of South Korean Christians took part in an annual Easter service at Kwanglim Church in Seoul. Participants prayed for peace and the nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

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