Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tsar Days opens in the Sverdlovsk region

The memorial Tsar Days festival opened this week in Yekaterinburg.

The event is geared toward informing people about the history of the family of the last Russian tsar, who was executed by the Bolsheviks in the region. The festival culminates in a traditional nighttime procession.

Last year's event drew around 50,000 people from all around the world, many who came to pay their respects to the family of Nicholas II.

Participants in the procession will walk a 21 kilometer route from the Cathedral on the Blood to the monastery complex at Ganina Yama, according to the Russkiy Mir Foundation.

Ganina Yama, also known as Ganya's Pit, was a nine foot deep pit in the Four Brothers mine near the village of Koptyak. After being murdered, the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were thrown into the pit.

A memorial liturgy will be held in honor of the deceased royal family, the Russkiy Mir Foundation reports.