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Russian Culture Monday: Russian Easter 2012

By March 26, 2012

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Pre-1917 Russian Easter CardThis year, Russian Easter falls on April 15, 2012. Russians follow the Orthodox calendar, which is why Easter in Russia and other Orthodox countries does not fall on the same day as in countries with non-Orthodox populations. This colorful time of year is accompanied by the decoration of Easter eggs, special church services, seasonal foods, and other traditions.

The Moscow Easter Festival runs from April 15 - May 9 and includes a calendar of concerts, including church-bell concerts.

Pre-1917 Russian Easter Card photo credit: CC BY-SA paukrus

March 26, 2012 at 11:15 am
(1) Tommy Tsunami says:

How big is Orthodoxy over there?

March 27, 2012 at 8:14 am
(2) goeasteurope says:

Many Russians identify themselves with Orthodoxy even when they don’t attend church. For some, it’s a part of their national identity to the extent that even if they are confirmed atheists they still feel a connection to religion as Russians.

Additionally, just as many Americans may only attend church on the big holidays, some Russians may only attend church services at Easter, Orthodoxy’s biggest holiday.

So Orthodoxy is “big” in that it is very present, but its presence is felt in a passive way by many citizens.

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