South Africa: How we worship

2013-03-31 10:00

The Easter weekend is a profoundly spiritual time for the world’s devout Christians.

It’s also a three-day period marked by chocolate, a touch of the bizarre and, for other faith groups or those who are not at all religious, it’s a much-needed break from work.

In the Philippines, devout Catholics marked Good Friday by enacting Jesus Christ’s last hours on Earth.

They flagellated themselves and some were even crucified in a grisly show of faith.

In Cardiff, Wales, pet owners were urged to keep Easter chocolates well out of their faithful hounds’ way after a mutt named Poppy ate chocolate eggs and nearly died.

America’s First Dog, Bo, is the poster child for the 135th White House Easter Egg Roll. Bo, owned by the Obama family, starred in a promotional video for the event, which is due to be held at the White House tomorrow.

In parts of Germany, party animals had to stay home last night because of a long-standing Easter dancing ban.

The ban, which has been the subject of fierce protests in recent years, is applied according to specific regions’ rules, and was put in place so that loud music wouldn’t disturb those who faithfully observe Easter.

Newly ordained Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis caused a stir by visiting a juvenile detention centre in Rome, where he washed prisoners’ feet.

Tens of millions of South Africans identify themselves as religious in some way, and Christian denominations are the largest faith groups in the country.

Major religious affiliations in SA

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