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Belarus celebrates Radonitsa

Radonitsa (also called Radunitsa) is the day of remembering the dead on the ninth day after Easter. Traditionally people visit graves of their relatives and close ones after church services on this day. Many people, just as Belarusians’ ancestors did, bring Easter buns and other ritual dishes to the cemetery. Nevertheless, priests remind people that the main intention of Radonitsa is spiritual remembrance. Belarusians, who are dear to every heart, were remembered at the Eastern Cemetery on April 25, 2017 in Minsk.

The roots of Radonitsa date back to the pagan times, which were gradually adopted by the church. More than one million of Belarusians visit cemeteries on this day all over the country, including the cemeteries located in the exclusion zone (land affected by the Chernobyl disaster). People were allowed to enter the zone without special passes starting from Saturday, but with obligatory registration at the controlling passing point though.

Belarus celebrates Radonitsa