On Shrove Tuesday, simnel cakes and pancake cakes are prepared. Christians attend church services to admit their sins and ask for forgiveness. The root of Easter celebrations in India was laid during British rule and progressed much during the Portuguese and French possession. While the whole country basks in the glory of the festival, cities like Mumbai, Goa and the Northeastern states celebrate it in their own best way. On Easter afternoon, the priest narrates the sufferings that Jesus Christ underwent for the sake of humanity. The mass conducted in the Panjim church of Mary Immaculate Conception is attended by a large crowd. People even stand in the doorways and premises dressed in formal clothes with somber countenance. Though every church in Goa conducts the mass and procession, but this one in Panjim attracts the largest crowd.
Easter eggs and Easter bunnies form the major attractions during Easter. Hence, these elements are largely sold in stores and people exchange these items with one another as gifts. Chocolate cakes, flowers and colorful lanterns are also presented as gifts to people. Wonderful carnivals throng at the beach state of India, Goa, where various street plays, songs and dances are staged. This rejoicing and jubilation continues for a week or two. Good Friday has been declared as a public holiday by the Indian Government. Since its holiday time, it is common to watch people rush out to the getaway destinations to enjoy the extended weekend. The most popular holiday destinations, undoubtedly, include the exotic beaches of Goa, the striking backwaters of Kerala and marvelous architectural landmarks of Andhra Pradesh.