Very interesting.....I do a lot of stem cell research in Russia and Ukraine and a lot of DNA research in Iceland...distressed real estate pays the bills since the grant from the Federal Govt stopped being paid in 2009...anyway....I am planning on being in Urkaine at the end of the month and one of the graduate students commented that I will be there for a day of prayer.
I inquired what that was since I am familiar with most Russian and Ukrainian holidays (and they have a LOT of them-LOL)!! It was explained to me that in their version of elementary school and high school, the students go to school on September 1 and it is called the "day of prayer". They dress in black and white and carry candles to pray for success in the new school year.
I was floored by this since if you tried to do that here, various organizations would file a lawsuit so fast your head would spin around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist.
It is really tragic that people have more freedom in previously Communist countries than we do in many regards. Also realize that they have religious diversity there too...Orthodox, Christian, Jewish, Muslim...pretty much the same mix that we have and yet they are able top come together for a "Day of Prayer" in school. No lawsuits, no bitterness and hatred...traditions honored, not torn apart.
paddy Deighan http://www.homesavers.pro