Ekaterinburg Gears Up for
Royal Days Festival

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend this years Royal Days Festival in Ekaterinburg

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From 13 to 18 July, in Yekaterinburg, the Ninth International “Царские дни” (Royal Days) Festival of Orthodox Culture “Imperial Days” will be held to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of the massacre of the imperial family.

The festival will bring together more than 30,000 people from across Russia and abroad who will come to Yekaterinburg to honour the memory of Tsar Nikolai II, Tsaritsa Alexandra, Grand Princesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and the Tsarevich Aleksei, as well as that of Grand Princess Elizaveta Fyodrovna, according to the Division of Cultural Heritage of the Diocese of Yekaterinburg.

There will be solemn worship services, religious processions, concerts, a bellringing spectacular, a film festival, and photography exhibitions at the event. In particular, from 15 to 21 July, the Orthodox Exhibition-Fair - От Покаяния к воскресению России (From Repentance to the Resurrection of Russia) will run.

In addition, the Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God “of Kiselevsk” is being brought from Orenburg, and the icon of St Aleksandr Nevsky along with his relics is coming from the Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra of St Petersburg. For the first time, Koutloumousiou Monastery of Mount Athos will take part in the exposition; its podvorie in Tver will bring a miraculous icon of the Mother of God, “The Inexhaustible Cup”.

All told, there are 325 exhibitors, including 145 parishes and podvories from 127 localities in seven countries. The exhibition will feature icons, books, and movies with an Orthodox message, goods produced in the monasteries, as well as linen, knitwear, gifts, jewellery, honey, and dried fruits, amongst other items. You will even be able to ask a priest for a consultation. Admission is free.

Source: Voices of Russia / Interfax
9 July, 2010