This is the holiest of weekends for Christians as well as the start of Passover, a major holiday for Jews.
On Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, Christians remember Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. At churches such as St. Peter Catholic in uptown Charlotte, priests and lay servers imitated Christ by washing parishioners' feet and dispensing the Eucharist.
On Good Friday, Christians will mark Jesus' death by crucifixion.
And on Easter Sunday, the most important day on the Christian calendar, church bells will ring and choirs will sing "He is risen!' as Protestants and Catholics celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
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Orthodox Christians, who follow a different calendar, will celebrate Easter, or Pascha, on April 8 this year.
At sundown Friday, Jews will usher in Passover, or Pesach, an eight-day festival that commemorates the Israelites' freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt. Jewish families mark this event with a ritual meal called a Seder.
Passover this year will end at sundown April 7.