25 Stunning Photos of People Celebrating the Holy Holidays All Around the World

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Sunday marks Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the third day of Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from Egypt.

This year's April festivities commence at a time when religious demographics are shifting in a big way internationally. While organized religion is on the decline in the U.S. and Europe, Pew data suggests that religiosity is increasing across the globe and, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians. This year, from Israel to Brazil, Christians and Jews celebrated with elaborate ceremonies, parades and local traditions. 

Here are some of the ways Easter Sunday and Passover are being observed around the world in 2015.

Jerusalem 

A Coptic Christian woman celebrating Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Source: Ariel Schalit/AP
A Coptic Christian woman celebrating Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Ariel Schalit/AP
Greek Orthodox priest carries palms and candles. Source: GALI TIBBON/Getty Images
Greek Orthodox priest carries palms and candles.  GALI TIBBON/Getty Images

Tel Aviv, Israel

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish family burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holidaySource: Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish family burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday  Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish prepare matzah in a factory.Source: Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish prepare matzah in a factory.  Oded Balilty/AP

New York

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Source: Victor J. Blue/Getty Images
Cardinal Timothy Dolan outside New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.Source: Victor J. Blue/Getty Images
Cardinal Timothy Dolan outside New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Victor J. Blue/Getty Images

Morrison, Colorado

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Source: Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images

Lisbon, Portugal

Source: Francisco Seco/AP
Source: Francisco Seco/AP
Members of the Santa Casa Misericordia in Portugal.Source: Francisco Seco/AP
Members of the Santa Casa Misericordia in Portugal.  Francisco Seco/AP

Paris

An Easter egg hunt hosted by French nonprofit Secours populaire.Source: MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images
An Easter egg hunt hosted by French nonprofit Secours populaire.  MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images
Paris archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois carries a cross as he heads for Montmartre's basilica during a Good Friday procession to commemorate the death of Christ.Source: JACQUES DEMARTHON/Getty Images
Paris archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois carries a cross as he heads for Montmartre's basilica during a Good Friday procession to commemorate the death of Christ.  JACQUES DEMARTHON/Getty Images

Ouro Petro, Brazil

Brazilians celebrate Semana Santa. Brazil has the largest number of Catholics of any nation in the world.Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Brazilians celebrate Semana Santa. Brazil has the largest number of Catholics of any nation in the world.  Mario Tama/Getty Images
Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Cairo

Egyptian Christians celebrate Easter.Source: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
Egyptian Christians celebrate Easter.  Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
Source: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
Source: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
Source: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
Source: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP

Vatican City

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Source: Giulio Origlia/Getty Images
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Source: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Karachi, Pakistan

Source: Fareed Khan/AP
Source: Fareed Khan/AP
Source: Fareed Khan/AP
Source: Fareed Khan/AP

Norfolk, England

Pilgrims carry crosses through the village of Walsingham in Norfolk to the ruins of Walsingham Abbey on the final leg of their easter pilgrimage.Source: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Pilgrims carry crosses through the village of Walsingham in Norfolk to the ruins of Walsingham Abbey on the final leg of their easter pilgrimage.  Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Source: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Source: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Kolkata, India

Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/Getty Images
Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/Getty Images
Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/Getty Images
Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/Getty Images