Orthodox Easter is coming and Greece is a place of tradition! Attend the Service of the Holy Passion held in Maundy Thursday, decorate the Epitaph with flowers on Good Friday and then follow the Epitaph on its way through the streets of every single village and city listening to chanters reciting the funeral psalms in a mystic atmosphere of devout concentration.
On Easter Saturday, just before midnight, visit a church and celebrate among people holding white candles, which they light with the “Holy Light”. The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated at 12.00 sharp with drum beats and fireworks. When “Christós Anésti” (Christ has risen) is proclaimed against a background of loudly pealing bells, an impressive display of fireworks light up the night sky.
Say the phrase “Christós Anésti” to one another. Respond “Alithós Anésti” (He has truly risen) to those wishing to you. Crack red dyed eggs and feast on the traditional “maghiritsa” (a tripe and herbs soup). In Easter Sunday taste the traditional lamb on the spit, prepared in almost every house or restaurant in Greece, that day!