Easter

Greece Celebrates Tsiknopempti Under Lockdown

Tsiknopempti is going to look a lot different this year due to Greece's strict anti-virus measures and national lockdown.

Greece to Finally Celebrate Pascha on Tuesday

For the first time ever in history, the Greek Orthodox faithful will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on a Tuesday, instead of the traditional Saturday midnight liturgy earlier in the Spring. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the traditional Pascha celebration...

Mykonos Island Sunset Offers Ray of Hope During Quiet Eastertime

As the citizens of Greece and most other nations across the globe continue to be stuck at home (or "safe at home" as some public health campaigns would have it) due to the coronavirus pandemic, beautiful scenes from Greece's...

The Coronavirus Easter: How Greece Celebrated its Greatest Feast in Lockdown

April 19 was an Orthodox Easter Sunday nobody will ever forget in Greece. As strict curfew measures remain in place across the country to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Greeks tried to find new ways to...

Greece Celebrates Resurrection From Balconies, Gardens Amid Coronavirus Curfew

This past Holy Saturday night in Greece was one that hadn't been seen since the end of World War II. Millions of people watched the Liturgy of the Resurrection from their televisions instead of going to their neighborhood church, as...

Holy Light Arrives from Jerusalem to Athens Despite Coronavirus Curfew

An Aegean Airlines special flight carrying the Holy Light from Jerusalem arrived in Athens on Holy Saturday afternoon. This year the Holy Light arrived in Greece from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem under very strict measures due to...

Corfu Keeps 'Botides' Tradition Alive Despite Coronavirus Lockdown

The Greek island of Corfu kept the Holy Saturday tradition of ''Botides'' alive in 2020, despite the lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event place took place in the picturesque Spianada Square on Saturday, however, without any crowds...

Priest and Parishioner Detained on Chios for Violating Coronavirus Restrictions

A Greek Orthodox priest and a woman who wanted to attend church services were detained on Holy Saturday on the Greek island of Chios, both accused of failing to abide by the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Father...

Curfew Violations Rise as Greece Tries to Balance Between Lockdown and Orthodox Easter

The Greek police reported on Good Friday a total of 81 new fines imposed for unauthorised movement of citizens outside their county of residence on the previous day, on a day when normally millions of people would be outdoors...

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Prepares for Muted Easter Celebration

Mykonos has traditionally been one of the Greek islands where thousands of Athenians and city-dwellers from other parts of Greece have descended for Easter celebrations. But this will clearly not be the case this year. As the country is under...