With churches closed amid the COVID-19 crisis, Easter seemed a tad bit less joyous but not for Brazil! In celebrating the festival with positivity, the Brazilian archbishop Orani Tempesta conducted an Easter service at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The iconic monument was also lit up in a Doctor’s get up with the help of LED lights to honor the country’s healthcare workers.
To illuminate the statue, images of a doctor’s coat and stethoscope were projected onto its 98-foot demeanor. The larger-than-life sculpture also displayed videos of doctors and nurses in protective gear with the words ‘Thank You’ showcased under them in several languages. In addition to the this, messages of people from across the country were also exhibited on the statue that more or less echoed on the notes of ‘Stay Home’ and ‘Everything will be alright’.
Last week, the Christ the Redeemer statue was similarly lit up with images of the flags of countries hardest hit by the virus (including the United States, China, Spain, Italy, and Brazil) and the words “hope,” “thanks,” and “stay home” displayed in different hues and languages. So far, Brazil has recorded 23,753 confirmed coronavirus cases with 1,355 related deaths. Well, here’s hoping for more examples of solidarity to shine through in these tough times!