Russian people like to celebrate holidays. One of the main spring feasts is Holy Easter, very light holiday that fills your heart with kindness, love and hope. Easter in Russia is solemnized according to the rituals established by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Many People in Russia observe a fast that is called Lent and consists of forty weekdays lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. The last week of this fast is called Holy Week. Eve of Holy Week is called Willow Sunday, a holiday of Entrance of Lord to Jerusalem. On this day during a liturgy twigs of willow are sanctified and then these sprigs are putted near icons and are kept the whole year. Read more
Easter is one of the greatest annual holidays for all Christians. It is celebrated to honor the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. Every year the date of this holiday is new and different for Catholic and Orthodox Churches. But this year Easter is celebrated by both churches in one day, the 4th of April.
Russian Christians mainly belong to Eastern Orthodox Church and have lots of traditions and rituals connected with this holiday. For this day people usually cook peculiar dishes, bake paschal cakes, known as “kulich” and cheesecake “paskha”, and paint eggs. Eggs are the main Easter symbol, as a rule they are painted on Saturday and are brought to the church to sanctify. Easter services last the whole Saturday night. Read more