Residents of the Caucasian republics Russia have celebrated the Orthodox Easter and Labour Day on May 1st. Solemn liturgies took place at the Orthodox churches and first may demonstrations walked alone central streets of cities. In addition, the Holy Fire in the republic was delivered with a help of a direct flight from Jerusalem to Ingushetia, as well as North and South Ossetia for the first time in the modern history.
It worth noting that the Head of the Republic also took part in the celebration of the Orthodox Easter and May 1st – the Labour holiday.
Head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, was in the Sunzha district during the celebration of Easter. He said in his address that the world events show that we need to strengthen interfaith relations. "Representatives of different faiths live in Inigushetia in peace, harmony and mutual respect. Only together we can build our future. I wish you all happiness, peace, happiness and prosperity,’’ he said.
The head of Kabardino-Balkaria, Yuri Kokov, said in his congratulatory message that the Easter holiday "makes us think about such eternal everlasting values like faith, love for our neighbor, compassion and mercy, as people's spiritual existence cannot be without them." "Common cultural origins and humanistic ideals have united the multinational people of Kabardino-Balkaria for centuries. We appreciate the contribution of the Orthodox churches in preserving and increasing the traditions of mutual understanding and solidarity,’’ he said.
In Dagestan Ramazan Abdullatipov noted during his congratulation that ‘‘during many centuries the Orthodox holiday was and it still remains one of the traditional religions in Dagestan." "It is gratifying that the Orthodox community of the republic is actively involved together with representatives of other faiths in the implementation of the noble mission to revive the society of high spirituality and morality, enhance mutual understanding, peace and harmony among peoples,’’ Abdullatipov said. "Let the bright Easter joy warm your hearts, inspire to make good deeds, fill your homes with warmth and peace of mind,’’ he wished.
Governor of Stavropol, Vladimir Vladimirov, took part in the celebration of Easter in the night from April 30th to May 1st, personally delivering the Holy Fire to the Savior Cathedral in Pyatigorsk. It is known that the Stavropol region has become the region that received the first Holy Fire in Russia. "We have managed to deliver the Fire to our native land quickly, directly to Stavropol,’’ the member of the Federation Council Mikhail Afanasov said.
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted his congratulations on Instagram: "Easter promotes spiritual enrichment and unity of the faithful, filling their heart with light and warm feelings – love and hopes, mercy and compassions, faith and good."
The head of North Ossetia Vyacheslav Bitarov emphasized that the republic is a multi-religious, so the Easter holiday will be celebrated by tradition. "Let the holy day of Easter, proclaiming good news of the Resurrection of Christ will bring understanding, happiness and peace to every family, as well as stability and well-being to all our republic,’’ he said.
Vyacheslav Bitarov also congratulated all citizens of the republic with the day of Spring and Labor. "For the majority of people in our country, especially the older generation, the May Day has always been a favorite and joyful holiday. Peace, Labor, May are the three words that attracted, fascinated, reflected the high mood, the willingness to participate in a demonstration and show the achievements and solidarity with labor collectives of Ossetia and the whole country,’’ the head of the republic added.