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Greek Easter

  1. 1. Greek Easter “Easter Customs” E-Twinning 2009 Runs automatically
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Hellenic word for Easter is “Λαμπρή </li></ul><ul><li>(Labri)” </li></ul><ul><li>At the Holly Week the Orthodox Christians </li></ul><ul><li>use to fast and go to the church regularly </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>On Monday all Greek lades use to bake the traditional Easter cookies </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>And on Thursday to paint the Easter eggs, traditionally red or they use brighter colors </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>At night, everybody goes to the church in order to attend the Crucifixion service, where the Twelve Gospels are read. </li></ul><ul><li>When the service is over, the women and the children stay at church and decorate the Epitaph with flowers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>In the morning of the Good Friday </li></ul><ul><li>the Burial of the Jesus Christ is enacted </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In the evening of the same day, there is the </li></ul><ul><li>procession of the Epitaph, beautifully </li></ul><ul><li>decorated with flowers </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>In the morning of Holy Saturday the </li></ul><ul><li>householders cook the “Mαγειρίτσα” (a </li></ul><ul><li>Greek traditional Easter soup), that will be eaten </li></ul><ul><li>by the family at the night, after Christ’s </li></ul><ul><li>resurrection. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>A few minutes before midnight the Christians go </li></ul><ul><li>to church, holding white or colored wax </li></ul><ul><li>candles. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>They light the wax candles with the “Holy Light” that is given by the priest. When he starts chanting the “Χριστός Ανέστη” (Christos Anesti = Christ has been resurrected) all people wish to each other and give the “φιλί της Αγάπης” (fili tis Agapis = the kiss of Love). </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>After the service most of the people return home, where they sit at the festive table in order to eat the “Mαγειρίτσα” and “tsoureki” ( a special Easter sweet bread, decorated with red egg) and to crack their red-painted eggs. </li></ul>
  12. 14. In the morning of Easter Sunday the members of the family cook a lamb on the spit and the celebration lasts till late at night!
  13. 15. 1o Gimnasio Chaidariou Athens, Greece

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