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candles in the dark: 108/365

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orthodox christians celebrated the resurrection of christ last night.

at midnight, the news of the resurrection is spread via the holy light, transferred from jersusalem by plane to churches worldwide and then distributed from candle to candle. people shoot firecrackers, just to make sure everyone hears the news.

some people attend the entire service, but most people arrive 5 minutes before and leave 5 minutes later with their cheerfully decorated, lit candles (or lampadas) to hurry home and have a light dinner -- which includes dyed eggs and magiritsa.

this celebration frustrates me. i love the symbolism of the passing of the flame but i don't share the christian interpretation. in fact, mine is the complete opposite.

it was fairly late in my life that carl sagan expressed the feelings i had when watching this ceremony since i was a child, when he named his book a demon haunted world: science as a candle in the dark

unfortunately, we didn't have magiritsa last night. but the eggs were good.

on the blog: toomanytribbles.blogspot.com/2009/04/candles-in-dark.html

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  1. Exploring Earth 72 months ago | reply

    Really nice image set, love the merging of the flames. And your bokeh is so good =). Always a treat to look at your shots. =)

  2. ⊰s ⊱ [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    I am so thrilled with all of these images. Just amazing!! Each one is extremely good. Excellent low light photography. This would have been excellent for last weeks whispery white candle theme. The second image is my favorite because it tells a story and the composition subject matter and captured so well.

  3. asoee 72 months ago | reply

    london 2013, baby...

  4. *nacnud* 72 months ago | reply

    nice image,in the dark like explore lol

  5. Emiko-fall semester- 72 months ago | reply

    Beautiful red image!
    I love this romantic candle shot!

  6. Zunaluna 72 months ago | reply

    Nice shot! the mixture of all the ingretiens in magiritsa seems very special for me, as i don't eat lamb...do yo eat this only at Orthodox Easter?

  7. { sheila } 72 months ago | reply

    It's a really nice set. Very dramatic. Interesting narrative, too.
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  8. helen sotiriadis 72 months ago | reply


    yes this is easter food. yum.

  9. suz or sooze 72 months ago | reply

    looks like quite a ceremony. interesting link. have yet to read that. might have to pick it up.

  10. RicZaf 72 months ago | reply

    i have and will always be a fan of dark images. this one has, for some unknown reason, a calming effect on me. truly a moving capture

  11. first step now:) 72 months ago | reply

    lovely words and awesome shot!!!

  12. kellysauer 72 months ago | reply

    WOW - fabulous light! He is risen indeed...

  13. michalis melas 72 months ago | reply

    πάρα πολύ ωραίες όλες Ελένη. Χρόνια πολλά. μάρεσε αυτή που ανέβασες πρώτη. κάτι τέτοιες προτιμώ πάντα.

  14. Shona Leah [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    great book, great capture

  15. Eric van der Meer 72 months ago | reply

    oh ! love it ! ...love candle light !

  16. nalo.soul 72 months ago | reply

    Marvellous !!

  17. Ko Satori 71 months ago | reply

    candles in the dark! τα ξαδερφάκια μου, χε χε! :)

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  18. The Gift of Gifts 63 months ago | reply

    Hi can you kindly post this picture (medium size) for me.
    Light a candle.
    Thank you so much...

    To people of Haiti (Please comment)

  19. A.Nilssen Photography 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dark Church Photos, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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