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In pictures: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Orthodox Christians are gathering around the world to celebrate Easter.

Followers mark their faith's most important festival day on 28 April, one week after fellow Christians.

The different dates arise from use of the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

Orthodox Christians in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Believers marked the occasion in the same way they have for centuries in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Orthodox Christians holding candles aloft in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption The ceremony involves "sacred fire" appearing from two cavities on either side of the Holy Sepulchre
A Russian pilgrim wearing a crown of thorns in Jerusalem ahead of Orthodox Easter Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Some pilgrims wore a "crown of thorns" in Jerusalem's Old City
Greek Orthodox Christians carrying the epitaph in water on Good Friday Image copyright EPA
Image caption In Greece on Friday, Orthodox Christians performed a procession in the sea
Greeks mark the Epitaph ceremony on Friday ahead of Orthodox Easter Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption People throughout Greece celebrated Good Friday with religious icons and services
A member of the Greek Orthodox clergy at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A member of the Greek Orthodox clergy at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City
The head of the Bosnian Serb Orthodox Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina conducts an Easter service Image copyright EPA
Image caption The head of the Bosnian Serb Orthodox Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina conducts an Easter service
A priest blesses Orthodox believers during an Easter ceremony at St George Church in Istanbul Image copyright EPA
Image caption A priest blesses Orthodox believers during an Easter ceremony at St George Church in Istanbul
Christians attend an Orthodox Easter service in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Christians attend an Orthodox Easter service in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria
A North Macedonian Orthodox priest leads a midnight Easter service in the village of Kalishta Image copyright AFP
Image caption A North Macedonian Orthodox priest leads a midnight Easter service in the village of Kalishta
Ukrainians light candles with the Holy Fire during an Orthodox Easter Mass at St Volodymir Cathedral in Kiev Image copyright EPA
Image caption Ukrainians light candles with the Holy Fire during an Orthodox Easter Mass at St Volodymir Cathedral in Kiev
A Ukrainian priest (R) blesses believers waiting for the start of an Orthodox Easter Mass with baskets of painted eggs and kulichi, a traditional Easter cake, near St. Volodymir Cathedral in Kiev Image copyright EPA
Image caption A Ukrainian priest (R) blesses believers waiting for the start of an Orthodox Easter Mass with baskets of painted eggs and kulichi, a traditional Easter cake, in Kiev
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (C) leads the Easter Sunday traditional procession toward the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Image copyright AFP
Image caption Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (C) leads the Easter Sunday traditional procession toward the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City
A young girl closes her eyes as she and other Serbian Orthodox Christians hold candles during a midnight Easter service at a monastery in the village of Sukovo Image copyright AFP
Image caption A young girl closes her eyes as she and other Serbian Orthodox Christians hold candles during a midnight Easter service at a monastery in the village of Sukovo

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