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Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world celebrate Orthodox Easter or Pascha. Church services, decorating eggs, playing games, and eating traditional foods are typical parts of the celebration. The Date The Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar for determining Easter (compared to Western churches using the Gregorian calendar), which usually results in Orthodox Easter falling…

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Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian festival for welcoming spring and the start of the Orthodox Lent season. Maslenitsa is also known as Butter Week (“maslo” is the Russian word for butter). Lots and lots of blini, thin Russian pancakes, are eaten during this week. Drenched in butter and filled with a choice of different ingredients. Try sweet…

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