Christians in the Qamishli canton of North and East Syria held a ceremony for the Easter holiday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many Assyrians, Syriacs, and Chaldeans also attended the ceremony, which was held in a church in Qamishli’ reported by Hawar News.
Meryem Şemion, a Christian woman from Qamishli, described the importance of Easter as follows: “We fast for 40 days before Easter up until Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified. The next day is Holy Saturday when we believe that flames rise from the grave of Jesus. This is followed by Easter Sunday. During the seven-day ritual, we visit churches and pray.”
People from different cultures and religions have been living under the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) since its foundation in 2013.
Most ethnic Kurdish and Arab people in Northern Syria adhere to Sunni Islam, while ethnic Assyrian people generally are Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean Catholic, Syriac Catholic or adherents of the Assyrian Church of the East.