Holy weekend: Central Florida residents celebrate Ramadan, Passover and Easter

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a special holiday weekend.

This year, people are celebrating Easter, Ramadan and Passover over the last few days.

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It’s been 33 years since churches, mosques and synagogues have all been able to come together on the same weekend for their respective holidays.

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It’s also the first time in two years a lot of these families are getting to spend the holiday together period since last year so many celebrated at home.

This time, at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, more than 400 parishioners came together for the Easter vigils.

And over at Jama Masjid, a local mosque near International Drive, people celebrated Ramadan as well for the first time in more than two years. About 500 people prayed and broke their fast side by side.

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The Imam told Channel 9 it makes him feel honored to once again recognize the holiday next to his brothers and as a community united.

“The feeling is really peaceful and that of happiness because we are so used to coming together in the evenings of Ramadan to our local mosques and sitting together and eating,” Imam Eariq Rasseg said.

Sunday also marks Day Three of Passover.

Most families had their Seder Friday and Saturday.

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The pandemic has had an impact on religions across the board as well.

Church membership in the U.S dropped below 50% for the first time in 2020.

Reports show Americans who have never or rarely attend religious services increased by 7%.

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