Kohima, April 10 (NE): Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and lockdown, also following the strict order from the government on religious gathering restrictions, Nagaland observes ‘Good Friday’ sitting at home to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, today, April 10, 2020.
Perhaps, it’s the first time since the formation of the state in 1963, Nagaland is under such a situation even the churches had to call off the ‘Good Friday’ service due to Coronavirus outbreak.
While some churches embrace various digital platforms to live stream the service in few main cities, in general, families observed the ‘Good Friday’ sitting at home, through fasting and special prayers commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ along with the world.
During this unprecedented crisis when whole world is battling against Covid-19 outbreak, following the measure and advisories issued by the state and Central government, Church bodies in the state has called off their services to avoid mass gathering as a preventive measure to contain and prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), has informed its associate bodies that there would be no sunrise service on Easter Sunday to prevent mass gathering of people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) president Johnny Raungmei said all Good Friday and Easter Sunday services have been cancelled due to the lockdown. He said mass services will be conducted online by the catholic churches.
Kohima Baptist Pastors Fellowship (KBPF), President Dr Kevichalie Metha also informed that Sunrise service at World War 2 cemetery in Kohima on Easter will not be held this year due to the lockdown.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers and others wished a blessed Good Friday to the people of the state.