EASTER IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE – PASKHA – (SECUREDATING.COM)

Ukrainian Girl with Easter Eggs

Easter is the biggest holiday for Orthodox Christians. Besides being a church celebration, it’s a celebration of spring and awakening of nature after a long Russian winter.

Orthodox Easter and Catholic Easter are celebrated on different days, due to following different calendars. Western Christianity is using the Gregorian calendar, and Eastern Christianity (like in Russia and Ukraine) bases the day of the holiday on the Julian calendar. However, Easter is always celebrated on Sunday in every Christian denomination.

This year the Orthodox Easter is celebrated on the 5th of May, and the preparations for the holiday have started some time ago all over Russia and Ukraine.

Some cities offer to visit numerous Easter fairs that will help you to grasp the richness of this cultural event and to buy presents and hand-made souvenirs. Many Russian women attend these fairs to buy traditional Easter supplies, and to enjoy the spirit of the holiday and spring.

From the 3rd to the 5th of May you can visit such a fair in Kiev, at the gallery M17. There you’ll get a chance to make your own hand-made Easter basket, learn to paint pisanki – Easter eggs, and to bake a kulich – traditional sweet Easter bread.

And on the 5th of May a concert will be held, performed by talented Ukrainian girls and boys.

Happy Easter!

 

Russian Woman in a Russian Orthodox Church

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