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Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Russian Orthodox believers celebrated Easter, also known as Pascha, on April 8

Eastern Orthodox churches, which observe the ancient Julian calendar, usually celebrate Easter later than Western churches. This year, Russian Orthodox believers celebrated Easter on April 8. Many Orthodox believers attend church liturgy at Easter, whether it is on Sunday morning or midnight liturgy between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, families hold a special lunch consisting of eggs, cakes and festive foods. Traditionally, Easter eggs, hard-boiled eggs dyed bright red to symbolize the spilt Blood of Christ and the promise of eternal life, are cracked together to celebrate the opening of the Tomb of Christ. Get a glimpse of traditions of celebrating the holiday in Russia in this photo gallery.