Orthodox easter

Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and vibrant festivities of Orthodox Easter. Discover the significance of this religious holiday and explore the customs practiced by Orthodox Christians around the world.
Christian Orthodox worshippers hold up candles lit from the Holy Fire as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 30, 2016, during the Orthodox Easter ceremonies.  The ceremony has been carried out the same way for eleven centuries and is marked by the appearance of a sacred fire in the two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre. (AFP / Thomas Coex) Christian Orthodox Aesthetic, Orthodox Church Aesthetic, Orthodox Christian Aesthetic, Holy Aesthetic, Orthodox Aesthetic, Coptic Orthodox Church, Sacred Fire, Church Of The Holy Sepulchre, Jesus Tomb

When the Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed

"When you’re a journalist who works and lives in Jerusalem, you know that religious conflict is an important story," writes Thomas Coex, AFP's chief photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. "There’s so much tension here. You see it every day. We’re never far from a new conflict throughout the whole city."

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