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In photos: Easter celebrations around the world

Christians and others marked Easter Sunday with religious festivities and colourful parades

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People are silhouetted as the sun rises during an Easter sunrise service in Scituate, Massachusetts March 31, 2013.

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People are silhouetted as the sun rises during an Easter sunrise service in Scituate, Massachusetts March 31, 2013.

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Brogan Graham (L) kisses his girlfriend Goldie Kaufenbergh at the starting line of an Easter Fun Run put on by the November Project in Boston, Massachusetts March 31, 2013. The November Project is a free fitness community that hosts weekly workouts in Boston.

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A Bosnian Catholic man shows eggs before an annual egg breaking competition after an Easter mass in Fojnica March 31, 2013.

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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Spencer Slate, right, costumed as a scuba diving Easter bunny, hands a hard-boiled egg to Quinn Vanischak Sunday, March 31, 2013, during an Underwater Easter Egg hunt in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. About 80 adults and children participated, seeking real hard-boiled eggs painted with non-toxic food colouring to avoid adverse effects on the marine ecosystem.

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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (C) prays in front of the Stone of Anointing, where Christians believe the body of Jesus was prepared for burial, before Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 31, 2013.

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Worshippers light candles during Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 31, 2013.

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In this picture made available Sunday March 31, 2013 a person stands in front of a Easter Fire in Bad Homburg, central Germany, Saturday March 30, 2013. Traditionally these fires were lit to help spring to chase darkness and winter away.

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A child looks at people dressed up as Easter Bunnies during the Easter Bonnet Parade in New York March 31, 2013.

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Performance artist Davey Mitchell, dressed up as "iBunny", takes part in the Easter Bonnet Parade in New York, March 31, 2013.

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Victoria Viscardi poses for photos with her dog Gia Marie while they take part in the Easter Bonnet Parade in New York March 31, 2013.

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Queen Elizabeth collects flowers from children as she leaves The Deanery at St Georges Chapel with Prince Philip (R) at Windsor Castle after the Easter service in Windsor, southern England, March 31, 2013.

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Worshippers dressed as angels participate in the Easter Sunday procession in the historic city of Ouro Preto in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, March 31, 2013.

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Christian worshippers light candles during the Sunday Easter mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 31, 2013.

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A statue of the Risen Christ is carried during an Easter Sunday procession as confetti streams down in Cospicua, outside Valletta March 31, 2013.

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A girl looks through binoculars to follow the Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, not shown, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter's Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter's Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy.

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