Greeks traditionally celebrate Clean Monday, or Ash Monday, with a “flour war” in which revelers throw colored flour at each other on the streets. Clean Monday marks the beginning of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, and the start of a 40-day fast until Easter. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
10 February, 2016 Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity’s not to please ourselves VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.
1 May, 2016 ‘Holy Fire,’ fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.
24 February, 2017 The Maha Shivaratri Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva, is a festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
20 April, 2014 AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
5 April, 2016 Pope set to visit refugees in Greece as expulsions stall Pope Francis has expressed a wish to visit refugees in Greece, the Greek Orthodox Church said Tuesday, as the European Union grapples with a controversial accord to send migrants back to Turkey. The papal trip would likely pile pressure on EU leaders already criticised for the deal, […]