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  1. Wrong you know what? It is wrong to treat the cemetery as something that needs to be highlighted and then put in some lists of irregularities.

    Yes, Easter is a joyful holiday when we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope to participate in this victory over death.

    Yes, it is often said that you should go to church, not to the cemetery.

    But this is a false juxtaposition.�

    Yes, when it was impossible to go to church in Soviet times, many people went to the cemetery.

    But there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this.

    The cemetery is generally classically located around the church!�

    Why not go to the cemetery all of a sudden? Remember the dead, too? What's wrong with that?

    Cemeteries should be such that people can go there constantly and walk there. It doesn't have to be an exclusive place where it's ever wrong to go. Behave particularly there? No, you need to behave decently everywhere, not just there.�

    We have a skew. For example, in St. Petersburg there is the Seraphim Memorial Cemetery. There are burials of blockade runners, including soldiers, and many military personnel who died in the line of duty, such as sailors from the Kursk, are buried there. And this cemetery from the side where the largest number of people pass by it (near the Staraya Derevnya metro station) is fenced, or rather fenced off, with solid ugly concrete blocks and billboards. This is not just a cemetery, but a specially emphasized memorial cemetery. Well, in order not to remember once again-let's isolate ourselves.

    And, yes, this cemetery also has a church (Seraphim of Sarov, of course), where they will go for Easter, and the procession will be right next to the graves.

  2. From the words of an Orthodox priest.

    The tradition of visiting cemeteries at Easter began under the Soviet regime, when churches were banned and closed. Believers, feeling the need to share their joy with others, could not visit churches and went to cemeteries (they were not forbidden to visit them) instead of doing it in 9 days on Radonitsa-Memorial Day. But putting colored eggs, cakes and other food on graves is more inherent in paganism. And so it all went from the time of the Soviet anti-religious government, which persecuted the traditions of the Orthodox faith, which is why these incomprehensible superstitions appeared.

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