The faces of Russia, continuing series…

This is part of the Mendeleyev Journal’s continuing series on the faces of Russia.

Girls with icons

These girls are holding icons in traditional styled towels waiting for the icons to be presented for the blessing of icons. In some cases these may be the “wedding towels” which bound their parents hands during the wedding ceremony and later with which they were baptized as babies and given their Orthodox saint name which becomes their first name throughout life.

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