Photo of the Day for May 30, 2011: Radaunitsa II / Радаўніца ІІ

Radaunitsa II.  Радаўніца (частка ІІ).

Incorporating deep pre-Christian rites, Radaunitsa is one of the most important festivals of the year to honor one’s forefathers.  Many people attend a church or chapel service, but the focus is on cleaning the graves of one’s forefathers and having them blessed by the local priest.  In most places, as here in the Central Polesian village of Azdamichy, Radaunitsa is celebrated on the Tuesday nine days after Orthodox Easter.

Cemetery Chapel, Azdamichy 2011.  See also May 18, 2011.

Капліца на могілках, Аздамічы 2011 год.  Гл. таксама здымак 18.05.2011.

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