Eastern orthodox easter dating

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People didn’t dare to go outside after sunset as they feared every cat could be a witch and every dog a devil. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia holds the Main Easter Service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savoir in the centre of Moscow.

At midnight ringing church bells announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s a tough time as Saturday is the last fasting day when orthodox Christians are allowed to eat very little. But everyone is looking forward to the feast, and the cooks do their best.

It is a tradition to bless Easter eggs and bread in the church.

If the first egg you get on Easter is a truly gift given from the heart, it will never go bad, says an old Russian wisdom.

Easter in Russia is a lot more than a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And, of course, the Russians are looking forward to a happy family feast with lots of special Easter food like Easter bread, traditional cheese cake Paskha, Easter eggs and other tasty treats.

In the past, only men were allowed to ring church bells. Experienced players pay special attention to the form of the eggs and even make special gutters for the eggs to have a better roll.

Bell-ringing could be heard everywhere creating a joyful atmosphere. Farmers believe that rolling eggs keep the soil fertile. In Russia Easter eggs are believed to possess magic powers.

The table is decorated with fresh flowers, pussy-willow branches and, of course, painted eggs.

Besides Easter bread and Paskha that are only eaten on Easter, there is lots of other food on the table like sausages, bacon, cheese, milk, etc.

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