Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Easter egg roll and festivities around the globe (Photos)


U.S. President Barack Obama, his daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia at the White House Easter Egg Roll. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
From whipping girls with willow sticks to ensure beauty to the president rolling eggs on the White House south lawn, the festivities of Easter Sunday and Monday are a rollicking, colorful time in honor of the Christian holiday of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead . Here are images from around the world of different celebrations.


President Barack Obama cheers on children rolling Easter eggs at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. (Charles Dharapak/AP)


Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes throw a girl into a creek as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla. Girls are doused with water and whipped in a custom believed to ensure a woman's fertility and beauty. (Radovan Stoklasa/Retuters)

Slovak youths whip a girl using sticks made from willow trees as part of traditional Easter celebrations. (Radovan Stoklasa/Retuters)

People wearing traditional Bavarian clothes on festively decorated horses take part in the traditional St. Georgi Ride in Traunstein, southern Germany. (Tobias Hase/AFP/Getty Images)

The procession has been held since 300 years on Easter Monday. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

People with blood stains on their clothes from a sacrificed animal gather for a voodoo ceremony in Souvenance, Haiti. Hundreds of voodoo followers travel to Souvenance over Easter weekend to show their devotion to the spirits. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

People fellow the cross during the Stations of the Cross at Community of St. John in Princeville, Ill. (Nick Adams/AP)

Easter parade fans take part in the 2011 Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on 5th Avenue in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

The parade is a New York tradition that started in the mid-1800s when the social elite would demonstrate their fashionable clothes while walking down Fifth Avenue after attending Easter services and celebrations in one of the Fifth Avenue churches. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

A Pakistani policeman stands guard outside a church during an Easter Sunday Mass in Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI gives the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Osservatore Romano/Reuters)

Iraqi Christian children show the painted eggs they received during celebrations after an Easter service at Chaldean Catholic church in Amman. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters - REUTERS)

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