Category Archives: Religion

Russian Kulich (Sweet Easer Bread) and Easter Eggs in Russia!

You can buy Kulich at any corner!Russia is preparing to celebrate Easter! It’s impossible to imagine Russian Easter without Kulich (or people also call this Easter Bread “Paskha”). Now you can buy Kulich at any corner. And today we are watching a short video how they make such Kuliches – I think it’s interesting!

“As a symbol of life, an egg goes back to pagan traditions,” explains Anna Yakovleva from Moscow’s House of the Icons museum. “But it’s also part of Christianity, symbolizing Christ’s resurrection. So when decorating them, the artists use the themes of spring, joy, beauty and rebirth.”

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Willow Sunday – Verbnoe Voskresenie!

Today Russian Orthodox Church cerebrate Willow Sunday or how we call here Verbnoe Voskresen’e. I found a very good video to show you that is Verbnoe voskresenie service in one of the churches: you can see everything during the service inside and outside and even more…

For our readers who wants to know more about this holiday of Russian Orthodox Church:
Russia Has Willow Sunday!

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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In Russia: The Epiphany, or the Baptism of Christ!


Orthodox Christians are celebrating one of the main religious holidays of the year – the Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. It is believed that on this day water becomes holy and is able to wash away sins and diseases.

This video is really very good. It shows a monastery that Svetlana and I have been to before. In fact it is the same Monastery that our friends from America got to explore and were fascinated by the complexity of the Orthodox Religion!

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: Orthodox Chrismas.Address of Patriarch Kirill.

The head of Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, held a Christmas speech to the flock after the end of the celebratory service in Russia’s main Cathedral, Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Next: let’s watch a video about some Russian traditions of celebrating Orthodox Christmas in Russia.

Orthodox Christmas in Russia

Merry Christmas!

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Kurban-bayram (Feast of Sacrifice) in Russia!

Today Muslims all over the world celebrate the most signification holiday Eid al-Adha also called “Festival of Sacrifice” and we know it in Russia by name Kurban-bayram.

This holiday is dedicated to Ibrahim who was ready to sacrifice his son to obey God. When all was ready for sacrificing God allowed Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice an animal.

This holiday remind people to remember about sacrificing, sacrificing and help poor people..

In Russia we celebrate the holliday too. 8 regions even have this day (Friday) off for people to celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice.

Happy Kurban-bairam!

For our readers who want to know more about Kurban-bayram in Russia we publish an interesting documentary video: Kurban-bayram in Russia, 1945.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: Baby’s Body Shows Koran Quotes!

All Russian TV channels show this unusual video about a 9 old month baby, whose body shows lines from Koran… Thousands people come to Dagestan‘s village Krasnooktyabrianskoe where the family with the baby lives. They all want to see this Miracle (Holy) – baby.. whose body shows Koran quotes twice a week (about Monday and Friday). Sorry, that’s the video is in Russian when we get one in English we’ll publish it right then:

Correspondent Omar Magomedov visited the family a miracle baby.

First signs of skin baby’s parents were perceived as birthmarks, then as irritation and postnatal scarring. Fearing for the health of the child, a young couple called the doctor of an ambulance, but doctors just shrugged, referring to the unknown science of skin disease.

Said Rasulova, the ward nurse: “From the standpoint of medicine, I can not explain what it is. With her mother’s words, it appears with the temperature.

At the invitation of relatives, family Yakubov visited a local priest, who saw a bizarre zigzag traces the Arabic word “Allah”, and later the prayers and even whole passages from the Koran. Two days ago, at the foot 9-month, Ali made another inscription. What a surprise it was a priest, when the same text of the prayer he found in the Holy Quran.

Abdullah, the imam of the village mosque: “The book is written, which is closer to the end of the world such inscriptions, signs will be apparent even to the human body. There are sayings in Islamic books. “

Now home photo album filled with pictures Yakubov with unusual inscriptions. In the form of an Arabic ligature often occurs on the back, legs and hands, a little less on her stomach and head. And, periodically one text is replaced by another. At this time, say doctors, a baby’s temperature rises to 40 ° C. For parents, this seemed to signal that soon the skin will make the next inscription.

Madina Yakubov, mother of Ali: “Keep it impossible. We have to be laid in the cradle, it raises the body like this, crying, crying. Temperature to 40 ° C rise. Very much a child suffers. Throughout the night, when it appears he is not asleep.

At the request of Madina child’s face we do not show, so as not jinxed. Not long ago about an unusual child was known only to parents, neighbors, local doctors, then with the advent of Arabic inscriptions, which translated literally means “show the signs of my people,” the news of the birth of a miracle baby broke up the whole neighborhood. Local priests have decided that this is a sign, but because the boy’s need to show people. Now the family Yakubov only has time to take crews and give interviews.

And. Yakubov began earnestly to pray and became deeply faithful. However, in the country a lot and those who still doubt the divine origin of the inscriptions.

Update 26 of October 2009 : Wahabis promise to burn down the house of the baby with Koran sayings on his skin

Moscow, October 26, Interfax – Wahabis have repeatedly threatened to burn down the house of Shamil and Madina Yakubovs from the Dagestan village of Krasnooktyabrskoye, after phrases from the Koran began appearing on the body of their nine-month-old son.

“They found it only unnatural that Allah showed his signs through a boy born in a family of a police officer! Wahabis consider us kafirun (the unbelievers – IF),” Magomed-Kadyr, the boy’s grandfather said as quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Monday.

According to him, their house was approached by a Gazel car in broad daylight, which brought a group of armed Wahabis. They demanded to show them the baby. Then they left threatening to come back. After that, Said Murtazaliyev, head of the district, provided them with a group of six security guards.

Ali’s mother says that the last “message of Allah” appeared on the baby’s body earlier that day. But when Wahabis were inspecting the baby, the saying disappeared to appear again after they left. The marks are said to disappear when an intoxicated neighbor dropped by and picked up the baby. The writings reappeared after he had left.

“We are not going to hide. There is no escape from your destiny,” Ali’s grandfather says.
(I’ve read the whole article in Russian, but here is a good enough translation of main part: Link)

For readers who wants to see more pictures with Koran’s quotation on the baby body (Link here)

Update 28 of October 2009 :
Finally Russia Today published video and an article about the Miracle.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Old Rosh Hashanah Postcards!

Beautiful Rosh Hashanah wishes
for you,
your friends, family, near and dear ones.

I took this beautiful slideshow from incredible slideshow blog The most beautiful slideshows – daily! of our best friend Chelita who lives now in Israel.

Where to meet Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year)? Maybe in Israel or maybe in little Ukrainian town Uman. Read the article Russian Video: Uman! Rosh Hashana! to find out why :).

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra!

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius LavraHello,

Last weekend we visited The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. The spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Church beautiful monastery is a place what you must see. That is one of the special places on the Earth where you can feel God! Today we are watching a video of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra from official site of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra:


For our readers who wants to know more:

1) Kyle’s report about our journey to The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra;
2) Wikipedia about The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra;
3) Official site of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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Russian Video: Patriarch Kirill Visits Kiev!

The head of Russia’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill started his visit to Ukraine with conducting a service at the monument to Prince Vladimir the Baptizer at Vladimirskaya Gorka Park in Kiev.

“Kiev is our common Jerusalem, and it is Kiev that the Russian Orthodox faith came from,” Patriarch Kirill said. “We will pray for the prosperity of Ukraine, for peace and consent among its citizens.”

Patriarch Kirill is one of the most intellectual people of our time and I always like to watch his meeting and listen to his speeches:

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

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