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Chios Rocket War Easter Custom to be Broadcast in Las Vegas

This year, the colorful tradition of the rouketopolemos, or "rocket war" on Chios island, Greece will be broadcast live thousands of miles away in Las Vegas. Every Easter, celebrants on Chios celebrate the Easter occasion by commencing the rocket war...

The Greek Island Where Easter Lamb Is Not Spit-Roasted

There is one little place in Greece where the traditional Easter lamb is cooked very differently than it is across the country.

Hot-Air Balloons: A Unique Greek Easter Spectacle

A tradition that Greeks have adopted for Easter is sending glowing hot-air balloons into the night sky in celebration of “Christ Resurrected”

Greek App For Cracking Easter Eggs In Lockdown

A Greek web developer has launched a mobile app to enable the traditional Easter eggs cracking to take place virtually whilst in lockdown.

Holy Friday: A Day of Fasting and Mourning in Greece

In Greece Holy Friday is celebrated by fasting and is considered an absolute day of mourning. On this day, in the Greek Orthodox Church the story of Jesus’ journey to the Cross and death, his burial and the triumph...

Most Surreal Easter Celebrations Take Place in Chios

In Vrontados a village on the Greek island of Chios residents organize a yearly fake rocket war, between two churches, Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani. TIME magazine journalist Olivier Laurent was impressed with the old Greek tradition, publishing an...

Why Do Greeks Dye Eggs Red for Easter?

For Orthodox Christians, one of the oldest Easter traditions are dyed eggs, which are associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Eggs symbolize the empty rock tomb from which Jesus arose after his crucifixion and are used as...

Original Easter Traditions in Greece

Spending Easter time in Greece is probably as well advertised as summer holidays on a Aegean island. The colors and warm spring weather are already sweeping across the country, while people have begun preparing for the Holy Week and...