Christians in Kerala celebrate Easter with prayers, good food

April 12th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Kottayam (Kerala), April 12 (IANS) Christians across Kerala celebrated Easter Sunday by attending church early in the morning and ending the period of Lent with a sumptuous traditional breakfast.
Churches serve a piece of cake made of egg and milk to end the 40-day Lent period, during which most people forgo non-vegetarian food.

After Easter mass, devotees rush home for special breakfast, which includes the traditional ‘appam’ made out of rice powder and mixed with a small quantity of fresh toddy or yeast.

The other delicacies include baked bananas, egg curry and stew made with either mutton, chicken or vegetables.

Christians account for 23 percent of Kerala’s 32 million population and are mainly concentrated in the central districts of the state.

Rise in grocery prices and fall in the rubber prices have, however, led to the celebrations being scaled down compared to previous years.

“Yes, this time the celebrations are not to the extent seen last year because celebrations are directly linked to the price of rubber. Last year the price of rubber during Easter was Rs.100 per kg and today it has fallen to below Rs.80,” P.K. Kuriakose, said while he enjoyed his breakfast with his family near here.

The prices of mutton, chicken and beef have also shot up by over 20 percent as compared to last year’s Easter.

The ‘Holy week’ provided a short break for politicians and party workers on the campaign trail ahead of the elections Thursday.

“People in Kerala have taken over the campaign work for the Congress-led United Democratic Front and a small break has helped our workers recharge their batteries,” said leader of opposition Oommen Chandy, who began his campaign from his Puthupally village after attending Easter mass.

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