Europe

Orthodox Christians across the world celebrate Easter

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russia's Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill with Easter prior to the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, May 1, 2016.(Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russia's Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill with Easter prior to the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, May 1, 2016.(Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman crosses herself after lighting a candle during Easter service at St. Clement Christian Orthodox church in Macedonia's capital Skopje, early Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    A woman crosses herself after lighting a candle during Easter service at St. Clement Christian Orthodox church in Macedonia's capital Skopje, early Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women break Easter eggs after Easter service at St. Clement Christian Orthodox church in Macedonia's capital Skopje, early Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    Women break Easter eggs after Easter service at St. Clement Christian Orthodox church in Macedonia's capital Skopje, early Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

Across the world, Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a special Easter midnight Mass in Moscow.

In Greece, the faithful attended Easter Mass holding candles lit with "Holy Fire" from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Fireworks are an essential part of the festivities, despite official disapproval from the Greek Orthodox Church. On the eastern Greek Aegean island of Chios, two parishes in the village of Vrontados stage a spectacular mock war with a hail of fireworks, drawing visitors from across the country.

Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter this week, using the older Julian calendar.