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Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter with Holy Fire Ceremony in Jerusalem

Christian Orthodox worshippers pass candles to fellow worshippers around tomb where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to be buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
Orthodox Christians have begun Easter celebrations with traditional ceremonies at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

Thousands of pilgrims took part Saturday evening, the eve of Easter Sunday, in the Holy Fire ceremony that symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Led by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Ireneos, clergy descended into an underground tomb below the church where Christ is believed to have been be buried. The patriarch then emerged with a flaming torch, symbolizing Christ as the light of the world.

Orthodox Christians, who follow the Julian calendar, frequently celebrate religious holidays several weeks later than other Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar.

Some information for this report provided by AP.