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How Lamb, Chocolate and Eggs Became Easter Traditions

Around Greece, people are gearing up to celebrate Easter with friends and family. While many Greek Easter celebrations are unique to the country, there are some elements of the feast day that are shared with many cultures: lamb, chocolate...

Greek Holy Week in Coronavirus Times: Seven Traditions We Will Miss this Year

This year Greek Easter is going to be so different that it will go down in history as very likely one of the most unsettling and unusual holidays of all time. By far the most attended, and most solemn, of...

Corfu Celebrates Holy Saturday With ‘Botides’ Tradition (video)

During the morning hours of Holy Saturday on the Greek island of Corfu, there is a unique tradition called “Botides” that takes place in Spianada Square. This year, as every year, the square was packed by locals and tourists...

Setting-off Illegal Fireworks This Easter Could Cost $15,000 in Fines, Victoria Police Say

As a part of the Greek-Australian community's Easter traditions, fireworks are used during Easter celebrations, particularly during Easter Saturday midnight mass. However, this year the Australian authorities in Victoria have issued a stern warning that those caught using illegal...

How Greeks Celebrate Holy Thursday, The Last Supper

On Holy Thursday, Greeks celebrate the saddest day of the Holy Week as it marks Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth. The Greek Orthodox Church brings to life the events of the Last Supper and Jesus' last day before he...

Aegean Airlines to Transfer ‘Holy Light’ to 17 Destinations in Greece

Aegean Airlines and its subsidiary Olympic Air said on Tuesday they will make additional domestic flights over the Easter weekend to transport the “holy flame” to 17 destinations around Greece. The two airlines will charter three extra aircraft on Holy...

What Do Greeks Celebrate on Holy Wednesday?

The ceremonial traditions that Greeks carry out at the Church for Holy Wednesday are seeped stories from the Gospel of Matthew which tells the story of what took place two days before Jesus Christ was crucified. In Greece, Church members receive...

Why Greek Easter Is Better than… Just Easter!

  By Olga Militsi Easter is celebrated around the world, but Greeks usually observe it later (see why here) and it's actually called Pascha, the word which means Passover. There are many unique aspects of the Greek Easter celebration. What makes it so special?...