Greece Celebrates Resurrection of Christ: Christos Anesti!
Greece celebrated on Holy Saturday night the Resurrection of Christ at local churches throughout the country. In a service that started late in the evening, candle-holding crowds gather outside the church. During the liturgy, a few minutes before midnight, all...
Holy Fire Arrives in Greece Ahead of Easter
The Holy Fire, or Holy Light, arrived to Greece from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday in time for the Easter midnight mass. The fire will be transported to another seven destinations within Greece on...
Why Greeks Crack Red Eggs on Easter
Greeks have been cracking red eggs at Easter for centuries. The tradition, although it is also a fun game, is steeped in religious symbolism.
“Flying Priest” Marks Holy Saturday’s Liturgy in Greece
The tradition of the “Flying Priest” from the Greek island of Chios has now spread in many parts of Greece and Cyprus
Holy Saturday: Greek Orthodox Prepare for the Resurrection of Jesus
Holy Saturday, the day before Greek Easter on Sunday, marks the last day of Holy Week for Orthodox Christians.
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,...
What Exactly Caused Jesus Christ’s Death?
It is known that the death of Jesus Christ occurred somewhere between AD 30 and AD 33. But the manner of his death remains a mystery. According to the Bible, Jesus fell while carrying the cross to Calvary, the skull-shaped...
Tsoureki: The Traditional Sweet Bread of Greek Easter
Tsoureki (τσουρέκι in Greek) is the traditional sweet yeast bread Greeks make every year on Holy Thursday which is then consumed on Easter Sunday. Early in the morning on Holy Thursday throughout Greece, women start kneading the dough for the...
Modern Critics Rally Against “Inhumane” Greek Easter Lamb Feast
For Greeks, the annual roasted lamb, slowly turning on the spit on Easter Sunday, is not only a mouth-watering delicacy but also part of a centuries-old tradition written into the national psyche. The event brings together family and friends outdoors and...
Why Greeks Dye Eggs Red for Easter
Dying eggs red in anticipation of Greek Easter is a beloved tradition. Families across Greece dye their eggs red together on Holy Thursday.