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    Radunitsa, Day of Rejoicing, is commemoration of the departed. It is celebrated on the 9th day after Easter Sunday. People visit cemeteries to clean them bringing  flowers.

    Radunitsa in Minsk this year.




    Is this the same thing as our Zadushnitsa (All Souls’ Day), which the Wiki article says is called Дзяды in Belarussian? Though in our case Zadushnitsa is 3-4 times a year (Mesopustna, Chereshova and Arhangelova being the main) and we also leave food at the graves, so it’s probably a different thing.




    Dziady is also commemoration of departed in autumn. The celebration is а little different depending on the region to that of Radunitsa.



    Just want to add, that our Slavic badass ancestors celebrated Dziady (names varies) twice a year. I guess “Radunitsa” has its roots in these holidays.



    Dziady is still celebrated in Belarus on 2nd November to these days.

    A rally to Kurapaty on the outskirts of Minsk
    is arranged, in the memory of the victims of Soviet political
    repressions.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurapaty

    Dziady memorial coin.



    In Serbia its basically the same as @NikeBG said.



    On all souls day Slovaks visit and clean the graves of their family and decorate them with flowers. 



    @srdceleva All souls day… It’s dušičky, isn’t it?



    Sunday after Easter is observed in Ukraine as “Farewell (seeing-off)
    Sunday” (Providna nedilya) when people commemorate their dead relatives. 

    The photos are from The Volyn News, and were taken in villages near Lutsk. These
    mass cemetery visitations in Ukraine are usually sponsored by local governments
    that organize additional bus traffic to and from cemeteries. Diasporan churches
    also hold special services, for example, one of the largest gatherings is in
    South Bound Brook, NJ, the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Center and cemetery.

    What is interesting , that even in Soviet times
    Provody was an all-community event. Communists and dissidents, atheists and
    believers – all visited cemeteries. Also, there was no “official
    punishment” for this. People weren’t fired or put on notice over Provody,
    while anyone could get in trouble for celebrating Easter or Christmas.
    St.Thomas Sunday is an official church name (in Ukrainian – Fomyna nedilya). It
    is more often used in diasporan everyday discourse, because in Ukraine a) it
    was “safer” not to mention saints and church. and b) when Christian
    rites were suppressed, the old pagan roots of ancestral rituals (reflected in
    the name Provody= Seeing-off) became more vivid. (From an article in  FOLKLORICA scholarly journal, “Traditional Ukrainian Folk Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife.”) If anyone is interested in reading the article, I can give you the PDF Download link. The article is in English.



    @”Kapitán Denis” yes exactly. Austrians also do the same as Slovaks I noticed that here 



    Kind of counter intuitive that after easter is a  time u visit graveyards and commemorate the dead. Easter is all about the resurrection in the church, not really supposed to be focused on death after it. That’s what lent was for



    I remember hearing from a friend they have something similar in Korea as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if these types of rites are as old as humanity.



    @srdceleva Well, I don’t know how it works in Austria… BTW, what do you think about the fact that Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Slovakia? Would you rather want Slovakia to stick with holidays that have roots (or at least long history) here or you don’t mind foreign influences?



    >Kind of counter intuitive that after easter is a  time u visit graveyards and commemorate the dead.

    It maybe due the fact that it’s better to clean up autumn leaves and grass and planting new plants in spring.

    There’s also one day of volunteer work in spring when people come to clear landscape off garbage and do other landscape activities such as planting trees and flowers. This year more than 3 mln people took part in the big cleanup. It’s called subbotnik which comes from Soviet times. In the past it was known as (Belarusian : talaka, Polish: tłoka, Ukrainian : toloka, Latvian: talka). The big cleanup is orgonised through organisations in which people are employed or study.

    As far as I know Latvia and Lithuaniaa also have big clean-up with 200,000-250,000 participants each spring.



    @Sviatogor It is interesting you mention volunteer cleanup. Today in Ukraine is “Let’s Do It, Ukraine.” It is a massive cleanup (CleanFest) all across Ukraine. Later tonight will be a big party in Kyiv. Belarus, BiH, and Croatia did their cleanups on April 22, 2017. 

    Ukraine’s Promotional Video

    Croatia’s Promotional Video. A group of young people
    become in serious danger in the Croatian forests when one of the youngsters
    behaves recklessly for once. The series of events that follow are bloodcurdling
    and leave you wondering if some careless actions are really worth it all. You’ll
    be scared and you’ll be amused, we promise! Sketch created by European
    Voluntary Service volunteers of Udruga Žmergo / Let’s Do It! Croatia (Opatija,
    Croatia) to promote the upcoming cleanup action in April.

    Created by: Xavier Mata, Noelia Lopez,
    Robert Kovalevič, Samuel Cebreiro.

    Camera: Noelia Lopez, Robert

    Sound: Jordi Gandia

    Acting: Noelia Lopez, Robert
    Kovalevič, Xavier Mata, Samuel Cebreiro and Veronika 

    Edited by Xavier Mata

    Music: Immortal Age Sounds –
    “Titans Fury”


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