Profile Facts-Russia's main Christmas tree will be consecrated before it is felled in the Moscow region, Natalya Polovodskaya, a spokeswoman for the Klin Municipal District outside Moscow said on Wednesday.
"Before the main Russian Christmas tree is cut down, a ceremony dedicated to this will be held. The tree will first be blessed by Archpriest Boris Balgofrov," Polovodskaya said, adding that the 30-meter tree will be sent to Moscow on December 17.
She said the tree would receive a prayer and be sprinkled with holy water before being hacked down with a symbolic ax.
The tree for Russia's square is meticulously selected according to age. It should be a "mature" tree, over 100 years old, the spokesman for the presidential property department, Viktor Khrekov said.