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Greek Easter

About Greek Orthodox Easter: Everything You Need to Know

Greek Orthodox Easter, or Pascaha, is the most important religious feast of the year, with customs and traditions that have been part of Christianity for two thousand years. The 40-day period of Lent before Easter (Πάσχα-Pascha), the solemnity of Holy...

Why Orthodox and Catholic Easter Are on Different Dates

The Orthodox and Catholic Easter are usually set on different dates. Greece is slowly but surely coming closer to the great feast of Greek Orthodox Easter, or Pascha -- a religious occasion celebrated here with more gusto than in...

An Unforgettable Easter 2020 for Greeks at Heart

By Ada Leivada Greek Easter, or Pascha, is not an easy concept to describe to people without Greek bonds. It is something you take for granted but you find yourself missing if you are traveling or are away from Greece...

Orthodox Greeks and Holy Wednesday

On Holy and Great Wednesday, many Orthodox remember the act of Christ's anointing with myrrh by a "sinful woman" before his crucifixion. It is also a time in Greece when churchgoers are anointed themselves in a solemn evening service. In...

Athens: Greece's Easter Monday Ghost Town

Greek Easter is about the only week-long religious event which can both fill the streets of a European capital to bursting point and also clear them of all living souls. Holy Week in Athens is marked by all kinds of...

Magiritsa: The Traditional Greek Easter Soup

The main Easter meal which happens on Easter Sunday is traditionally associated with roasting lamb on a spit, and this soup was created using the leftover parts of the animal so that nothing went to waste. Magiritsa is a traditional...

Rottweilers Kill 5-Year-Old Boy in Greece

A 5-year-old boy was killed in a village near Kozani, northern Greece, after he was attacked by two Rottweilers while celebrating Easter Sunday with his family. "It was around 2 in the afternoon and I heard a child play from the...