PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Easter week services began in many churches with an observance of “Maundy Thursday,” the day Christians commemorate the “Last Supper.” The Philadelphia area is teeming with Easter events, both religious and secular.

Easter is the holiest day on the Christian calendar and the day most churches see their highest levels of attendance. Many churches begin their services at sunrise. Tenth Presbyterian Church holds its sunrise service in Rittenhouse Square.

Reverend Robert Polen said that it commemorates the early morning discovery of Christ’s resurrection.

“The resurrection is the promise and hope of new life.”

In the secular world, a bunny rabbit with eggs has become that symbol of new life and there are plenty of events featuring them. One of the more unusual is egg dying at Tyler Arboretum that education director Martha Moore said is all natural.

“We make natural dye from the skins of onions, beets, turmeric and red cabbage.”

There are also Easter egg hunts, including one in Franklin Square, and Philadelphia’s 80th Easter Parade on South Street.

Reported by KYW’s Pat Loeb

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