Orthodox Christians celebrate Christianization of Kievan Rus

Yekaterinburg, August 2, 2014

St. Vladimir St. Vladimir
Yekaterinburg’s Orthodox Christians community gathered this week to celebrate the 1,025th anniversary of the introduction of Christianization of Russia as the city’s Muslim population celebrates the holy day of Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The Christian baptism ceremony celebrated the commemoration day of St. Vladimir with the Family Marathon rally, which was attended by more than 400 families, Ekburg.ru reports.

During the rally, families delivered flowers and placards to the city’s Square of Labor calling for the revival of family values in Russia. The rally continued with a concert and the distribution of raffle prizes.

The Orthodox holiday concluded with a 15-minute chiming of all bells within all Orthodox churches in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, according to Ekburg.ru.

The three-day Eid ul-Fitr holiday was celebrated by the city’s Muslim community with large feasts among relatives, friends and neighbors. Food and clothing items were also donated to the area’s poor.

No arrests were made during the week of religious celebrations in Yekaterinburg, Ekburg.ru reports.

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