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This year Easter is celebrated on 8th of April. This is the biggest holiday in orthodox Christian beliefs. According to them, Jesus Christ predicted he would be crucified and would rise from the dead in three days. And when, on the third day after his funeral, Mary Magdalene went to his tomb, Jesus’s body was missing. Christ had risen. Each year, Easter is celebrated for three days and is related to may interesting and original rituals and traditions. One of them is the coloring of eggs, which are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The first egg is always red. Why? According to one of the legends, Mary Magdalene, which was healed from the bad spirits by Jesus, first saw him after he rose from the dead. She starting traveling around the world telling people about the miracle. When she arrived in Rome, she went to the palace of the emperor Tiberius. At that time people had to bring presents to the emperor, but Mary was very poor, so her gift was an egg. She gave to to Tiberius saying “Christ is Risen!” The emperor did not believe her and told her” How could anyone rise from the dead? This cannot happen, just as this white egg cannot become red.” While Tiberius was saying these words, the color of the egg Mary Magdalene was holding started to change into red. Since then, on Easter Christians color eggs in red and greet each other with the words “Christ is Risen”, to which the answer is “Indeed He is Risen!”.
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