The Petersburg Archdiocese urged St. Petersburg residents to refrain from celebrating Halloween. Representatives of the Orthodox Church reminded that the holiday coincides with the anniversary of the crash of an A321 aircraft companies “Kogalymavia” over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

To desist from celebrating Halloween to St. Petersburg addressed to the broadcast “Radio Baltika” , the head of communications of the Archdiocese of St. Petersburg Natalia Rodomanova. “Maybe I should not only think about feelings, but to Express elementary human solidarity. Will be correct in the anniversary of this tragic event is not to indulge in riotous merriment in a strange celebration and to remember the victims and support those who have lost someone dear to his heart people”, – said the representative of the Church.

In her opinion, Halloween has pagan roots and is not associated with the Russian traditions. “Mark it to people who do not share his meanings, images, and cultural code, it seems odd. Often because Halloween transformed into mindless riotous action that serves only a pretext for excesses,” said Rodomanova.

A year ago the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill expressed harsh criticism against those who celebrated Halloween the night of 31 October to 1 November 2015 on the background of the crash of the Russian airliner. Then the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has called this holiday “obscure” for the Russians.

In memory of the victims of the Holocaust St. Petersburg authorities expect to build on the banks of the channel Matisova temple complex, said to”Interfax”. On the first anniversary of the tragedy, October 31, 2016, on the site of the future temple will set the Foundation stone, and consecrate the memorial cross. On the second anniversary is set to open on Rumbauskas mountain in the territory of Vsevolozhsk district of Leningrad memorial “Garden of memory” dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.

A321 airliner airline “Kogalymavia” flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Petersburg, was wrecked on 31 October 2015, in the Sinai Peninsula. All aboard 224 people, among whom were the residents of Leningrad region were killed. The responsibility for the plane crash took the banned terrorist group “Islamic state”. The militants said that in this way took revenge for airstrikes in Syria.

Two weeks after the tragedy, the Russian authorities have classified the accident as a terrorist attack. The cause of the crash was named as the explosion of a bomb on Board the ship. Egyptian leadership has recognized that the terrorist attack only at the end of February 2016, nearly three months after the disaster.

After the terrorist attack aboard an A321 for the Russian side flights between Russia and Egypt was interrupted. Flights still not being implemented. To resume flights between the two countries is planned, when Egypt will completely carry out a complex of measures to ensure security at their airports. Earlier in the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation do not exclude that this will happen before the end of the year.

Halloween – an ancient Celtic celebration, called the eve of All Saints Day, is celebrated on the night of 31 October to 1 November. He had previously been celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, but over the last ten years the holiday has become popular also in Russia and Europe.

The roots of this holiday leave during the pre-Christian era. It was believed that on this night the worlds of the living and the dead opened their doors, and the inhabitants of the other world made their way to the ground. In order to avoid becoming victims of spirits and ghosts, the Celts extinguished their homes in a fire and wore animal skins to scare away unwelcome intruders. On the street near the houses was left treats for the spirits of sacrificed animals. And today, people are celebrating Halloween, traditionally dress up in costumes of monsters and arrange masquerades.



The Church called on the residents of St. Petersburg “not to be riotous fun” in Halloween, the anniversary of the A321 28.10.2016

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