EASTER BREAK: Ukrainian Cops Distract Schoolkids With Easter Tasks As UN Calls For Orthodox Holy Week Ceasefire
This is the moment Ukrainian cops help schoolkids prepare Easter goodies as the UN calls for ceasefire to celebrate Orthodox Holy Week in the region.
The National Police of Ukraine said on 21st April that officers from the district of Stryi in the western Ukrainian region of Lviv Oblast visited a local boarding school to help the young students paint ‘pisanka’ eggs for Orthodox Easter, with Good Friday celebrated on 22nd April and Easter Sunday taking place on the 24th.
The police said in a statement: “Law enforcement officers and teachers told children about the customs and traditions of Easter, about the symbolism and beauty of pisanka writing, and the importance of using them as ornaments. The children enjoyed painting colourful patterns and making ‘name’ letters.”
Stryi District Police Department spokesperson Olga Marcinuk said: “We wanted to support the little Ukrainians, who, due to the ongoing combat, were forced to leave their home, friends, school, and distract them from difficult memories, to create a pre-holiday mood.
“After all, Easter is coming, which symbolises the victory of life over death and good over evil.
“A feeling of security is what our children need most during the war. And the most important reward for us is to see how their hearts are filled with hope and faith in things getting better.”
Meanwhile, Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, has called for a four-day pause in fighting in Ukraine to mark Orthodox Holy Week and allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid and civilian evacuations.
He said: “Humanitarian needs are dire. People do not have food, water, or supplies to treat the sick or wounded or simply to live day-to-day.
“Inspired by the Holy Week, I urge all parties, and all champions of peace around the world, to join my Easter appeal.
“Save lives. Stop the bloodshed and destruction.”
Although Easter took place last weekend for many the Orthodox Easter comes from following the Julian calendar, that differs from the Gregorian calendar used by most western countries and Christian denominations.
It means that the Orthodox Easter often occurs at a later date, near the time of the March equinox or as in this case on the coming weekend on Sunday, April 24.