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About Greek Orthodox Easter: Everything You Need to Know

Greek Orthodox Easter, or Pascha, 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...

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...

Greek Community of Nigeria Celebrates Easter [video]

The Greek Community of Nigeria celebrated Easter the Greek way in Lagos. Lamb on the spit, red-dyed eggs and all traditional Easter delicacies were served at the Eco Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island. At midnight on Saturday, more than...

Easter With Hot-Air Balloons: A Unique Greek Spectacle

Several regions in Greece have adopted the tradition of releasing hot-air balloons for Easter - a tradition which turns the night into a marvelous, delightful spectacle. The hot-air balloons are painstakingly constructed weeks before the great night, and almost every house...

Turkish Planes Carry Out 29 Violations of Greek Air Space

Turkish military aircraft carried out 29 violations of Greece air space in the Aegean on Thursday, just days ahead of the Orthodox Easter. These included a flight over the islands Anthropofagi and Makronisi in the Fourni island complex by...