April 11, 2017

Easter in Greece!

Easter is one of the greatest celebrations of Christianity in Orthodox religion. Holy week is here (most Christians refer to the week before Easter as “Holy Week”) and the preparations until the resurrection of Jesus have started. Traditionally, on Maundy Thursday, the housewives bake Easter brioche (“tsoureki”), eastern cookies and dye eggs with special red dyes. Red eggs symbolize Jesus Blood and the rebirth of life. On Easter Saturday, people gather in church holding white candles, which they light with the “Holy Light”, in order to bring the light into their houses for blessing. The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated around midnight with drumbeats and fireworks. Then they all gather around the table which is full of traditional dishes, they crack red eggs and they start eating and drinking! On Easter Sunday morning, the celebration continues with the traditional spit of the lamb!

Celebrating Easter in Greece is with no doubt an interesting tradition which must definitely be experienced at least once!