Moscow, May 12, Interfax - Traditional parade on Jewish feast Lag BaOmer set up to commemorate the end of the epidemic that killed several thousand Jews at the turn of the 1st-2nd centuries AD, this year will be held online in Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade usually includes a procession of drummers, this year it will also be held remotely, the organizers say. Students of Jewish schools were asked to record videos where they beat certain rhythms with spoons, sticks, hands, pencils, then a joint video with students drumming will be shown during an online parade when the holiday starts on May 12.
Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar will open the parade.
The Lag BaOmer parade was first held in New York in 1981 at the initiative of the seventh Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem-Mendl Schneerson. Then it was held to express solidarity with Jews in the USSR, who were denied the right to leave the country, their religious rights were also infringed. Since then, parades have been held annually all around the world to symbolize unity of all Jews.