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As Orthodox Christians were preparing for their most important annual religious holiday, a centuries old tradition has taken place in Jerusalem. The lighting of the Holy Fire has attracted pilgrims from around the globe and celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.
The ceremony, which is held at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, saw thousands of worshipers take part in a custom, which is over 1,200 years old. The pilgrims were mainly from Eastern Europe, but there were also a number of Christian Arabs, who attended.