So different and yet making up a perfect picture – this is about spring feasts in Russia. Whether it's Easter or Victory Day or something else, the holiday will be bright and merry!
Easter. Even those who are far from being religious and spiritual rejoice and congratulate each other on this day with the greeting “Christ is Risen!”, to which one should answer “Truly He is Risen!”. Orthodox Christians do not have the tradition of hiding and hunting for Easter eggs in Russia, instead, people paint them, each in their own fashion. Sometimes children are involved in this exciting process. After that, eggs along with traditional Easter cakes are taken to church to be blessed. Eggs and cakes are blessed on the holiday’s eve, before the festive night service. The holiday service begins at 11 pm. At midnight, the congregation goes out to participate in the cross procession around the temple. Holy banners and ripidias, sparkling in the lamp light, hundreds of people with candles, flickering in the wind…it is an unforgettable sight. Holiday services are beautiful too: change of vestments from white to scarlet and singing choirs are a real feast for your eyes and ears. But most of the celebrants (those who are not parishioners) come only to join the procession. Public transportation systems are available until late on this day.
Meanwhile, Victory Day on May 9 is one of the most celebrated and important holidays in the country. This holiday commemorates the victory of the Russian forces over fascism. In Europe this holiday is celebrated on May 8. It is a huge holiday in Russia. In almost every family there was someone who perished in the Second World War, which is why it is first of all a day of remembrance. People organize mass demonstrations, for example, the “Immortal Regiment” march, during which instead of placards and banners they carry the portraits of their relatives killed in action, or veterans.