Hundreds of parishioners celebrate the Resurrection of Christ during the Easter Sunday Mass held in the early morning of April 24, 2011 at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City. As the central feast in the Christian liturgical year, Easter marks the end of a forty-day period of fasting, prayer and penance called Lent.
The Easter Sunday Mass is traditonally called "Sugat", a Cebuano/Visayan word which means "to meet". It signifies the intention of the Christians to meet the risen Christ. I remember several years ago, the mass is used to be held at the Plaza Rizal. However, it was moved to the bigger Capitol Grounds, probably to accommodate more parishioners.
One distinct feature of the Easter Sunday Mass is the children's choir dressed as angels. These cherubs render the praise songs during the mass.
After the mass, many attendees would buy chopped "lechon" or roasted pig to break the Holy Week fasting or sacrifice of not eating pork. Many families would go to nearby spring resorts for a picnic as part of their Easter Sunday celebration.