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Easter celebrations in Russia

April 21, 2014, 15:08 UTC+3
Russian Orthodox believers celebrated Easter on April 20
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The preparation for Easter begins with a 40-day period of self-examination and fasting
The preparation for Easter begins with a 40-day period of self-examination and fasting
The preparation for Easter begins with a 40-day period of self-examination and fasting
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
 The last week of the Great Fast ends with Easter vigil
 The last week of the Great Fast ends with Easter vigil
The last week of the Great Fast ends with Easter vigil
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting for Russian Orthodox Christians, while preparations are being made for the Easter meal
Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting for Russian Orthodox Christians, while preparations are being made for the Easter meal
Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting for Russian Orthodox Christians, while preparations are being made for the Easter meal
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
Easter vigil in Moscow
Easter vigil in Moscow
Easter vigil in Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Geodakyan
Easter vigil in Moscow
Easter vigil in Moscow
Easter vigil in Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev
A cross procession is the most visited part of the Easter vigil
A cross procession is the most visited part of the Easter vigil
A cross procession is the most visited part of the Easter vigil
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Geodakyan
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) with his wife (center)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) with his wife (center)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) with his wife (center)
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metsel
Easter vigil in Astrakhan
Easter vigil in Astrakhan
Easter vigil in Astrakhan
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin
Easter vigil in Russia's Kamchatka territory
Easter vigil in Russia's Kamchatka territory
Easter vigil in Russia's Kamchatka territory
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Petrov
Easter vigil in Crimea
Easter vigil in Crimea
Easter vigil in Crimea
© ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Bobulev
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The preparation for Easter begins with a 40-day period of self-examination and fasting
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
The last week of the Great Fast ends with Easter vigil
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting for Russian Orthodox Christians, while preparations are being made for the Easter meal
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
Easter vigil in Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Geodakyan
Easter vigil in Moscow
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev
A cross procession is the most visited part of the Easter vigil
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Geodakyan
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) with his wife (center)
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metsel
Easter vigil in Astrakhan
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin
Easter vigil in Russia's Kamchatka territory
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Petrov
Easter vigil in Crimea
© ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Bobulev

The Russian Orthodox Church bases Easter date on the Julian calendar, unlike most western Christian churches that use the Gregorian calendar. That is why sometimes the date of Easter differs for believers of different confessions. This year, Christians all over the world celebrated Easter on one day. Get a glimpse of traditions of celebrating the holiday in Russia in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS

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