The main observance of the Finnish Orthodox Church, at Helsinki's Uspensky Cathedral, was filled by worshipers in the early hours of Sunday. For Finland's Orthodox the celebration marked an end to a seven-week fast.
In Lutheran churches, the Easter Sunday collection was to benefit AIDS orphans in Africa.
In the Ostrobothnia region, people gathered around the traditional Easter bonfires. The origin of the tradition was an effort to scare away witches that were believed to commit acts of mischief on Easter night.