Easter in Eastern Christianity Date in the current year: May 1, 2016

Easter in Eastern Christianity Easter is one of the most important feasts of the year for Christianity. The feast features religious rites as well as folk traditions, that are unique for every country.

The season of Easter (or Pascha) in Orthodox Christianity begins with Great Lent, that lasts for 40 days, including Sundays, and ends on the coming 40th day. The last week before Easter is Palm Week, when every day is of great importance, and it's proceeded by Easter itself.

Easter is the most important feast for the Eastern Orthodox Church, even Christmas is secondary in importance to the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Preparation to Easter begins with Great Lent, when in addition to fasting and praying all entertainment is cut down.

The paschal divine liturgy follows the traditional procession, that reenacts the journey of the Myrrhbearers to the Tomb of Jesus. After the liturgy the priest blesses paschal eggs and baskets with food bought by faithful to church. The baskets and eggs are taken back home, where all members of the family start festive meal.

One of the Easter traditions, that is common for all countries, is dyeing eggs. Every country uses its traditional technique of dyeing and colors. According to Slavic countries' folk traditions, Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life.

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