A few moments from Easter Day / April 1 2018: visits to Anglican, Serbian, and Hindu communities.
1:00 pm, Melbourne CBD
The choir of St. Peter’s Eastern Hill (Anglican parish church of the City of Melbourne) just can't stop performing - outdoor rendition of Easter Carol "This Joyful Eastertide" (1894) - sung lustily in the parking lot as the congregation exits after Mass. More on St Peters here.
4:30 pm Carrum DownS
At St Steven of Dechani Serbian Orthodox church there's a party going on next door in the Serbian National Centre General Dragoljub Mihailović - feasting and dancing to super-charged high volume accordion music. Serbian Orthodox churches of Melbourne here.
5:30 pm Carrum Downs
At Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Hindu Society of Victoria - on polished floors, devotees move about the incense-scented, brightly lit Temple space, giving offerings and making contact with the many deities that line the walls. It's a family scene. Shoes are left outside. Priests prepare Pooja (worship) items and decorate statues with flowers. A South Indian drummer warms up for the Bairavar Abishekam (enacted prayer, manifestation of Shiva). More Temple information here.
All photos and video by Catherine Schieve, April 1, 2018 / Melbourne, Australia.