Samuel Budhathoki is INF’s Senior Diaspora Assistant. He supports the Nepalese Migrant Unity Network [NeMUN]. NeMUN serve migrants through improving links between Nepali churches, other organisations and the Diaspora, and provide advocacy, legal support, counselling, prayer support and hospitality.
Samuel Budhathoki reports on Easter Celebrations in Nepal
Each year Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday and Easter in many different ways. In Nepal, believers remember Jesus’ death and resurrection by taking to the streets in large groups to publicly declare what has been done on the cross for the whole world.
On Good Friday most Nepali churches hold a fellowship in the evening to mark Christ’s crucifixion. Easter Sunday sees Christians meet at dawn, to remember and celebrate the resurrection. Often women will lead the morning service to represent Mary and Martha, the two women who went to Jesus’ grave early on the Sunday morning with incense and oil, only to be told by an angel that Jesus had risen.
After the service, particularly in the larger cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, Christians take to the streets to mark Easter Sunday. Thousands of Christians attend these rallies from all denominations. They march through the cities celebrating, singing hymns, playing instruments and proclaiming the name of Jesus. In the streets of Kathmandu, locals come out to see at what’s happening and the authorities are often kept busy providing security. In some respects, the rallies reflect John’s vision in the book of revelation of ‘ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands’ of people worshipping God.
Christians often march for several hours through the streets before gathering together in a large open space to sing hymns. Pastors from across the city will speak; others will pray and lead worship together. Often a well-respected, older Pastor will give the main sermon followed by more singing, dancing and worshipping among the crowd.
We are grateful to God:
- for the passion of Nepali Christians to demonstrate their faith