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Traditional Easter in Greece celebrations

Posted by moodhacker on April 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM

The faithful Christians all over Greece follow the Holy Week ritual devoutly, giving themselves body and soul into the culmination of the Passion of Christ and finally rejoicing in His Resurrection. Let’s take a deeper insight into ancient-old rituals and traditions…

  • On Maundy Thursday the Service of the Holy Passion is held; the preparations for the celebration of the Resurrection also start on that day. 

Housewives traditionally prepare the Easter brioche (“tsoureki”;) and dye eggs with special red dyes, a custom that symbolises the rebirth of life and nature.

  • On Good Friday, the sacred day of the culmination of the Passion of Christ with the Deposition from the cross and Christ’s burial, people decorate the Epitaph, as the tradition wants the Crown of Thorns of Jesus Christ to be covered with flowers.

 On this day of bereavement, the devout Christians are supposed not to eat anything. The Epitaph Mass takes place in the evening and then follows the circumambulation; people join the procession 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 morning, preparations start for the festive dinner of the Resurrection night and housewives cook “maghiritsa” (a tripe and herbs soup). 

  • Before midnight, people gather in church 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. People say the phrase “Christós Anésti” to one another.

The response is “Alithós Anésti” (He has truly risen).

Then they all gather around the festively laid table, they crack red eggs and feast on the traditional “maghiritsa”.


  • On Easter Sunday morning, as the 40-day period of fasting finally comes to an end, in many parts of the country lamb is prepared on the spit. In other regions, the meat for the Easter table - lamb or kid - is roasted in the oven.


The atmosphere is festive- full of joy and excitement! The Easter tables are set and people merrily rejoice, eat and drink with their family until late at night.

During the Wee of Holy Passion it worths experiencing the traditional  ways of  faithful worship and traditional religious celebrations accross the country 

  • Patmos, Spiritual at most during the Holy Passion Week


During the Passion Week on Patmos, the Island where the Apocalypse had been written, visitors are immersed in a deeply spiritual atmosphere.

The presence of the Monastery of St. John brings about an uninterrupted observance and practice of the preserved Early Christian traditions like “The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet”, the Reenactment of the Deposition from the Cross in the Monastery of St. John. The celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday and the highlight of Easter ceremonies, the “Liturgy of Love”, is held on Easter Sunday at 3 in the afternoon at the Monastery of St. John.

  • Syros for Catholicd Orthodox Pascha celebration especially this year 

Catholiand Orthox Easter are , as rarely happens on the same date thsi year, April 15 2017, and it;s a great chance to enjoy the holly ceremony of both churches in the picturisque island of Syros

 Marketing Greece and the South Aegean Region cooperate in order to promote the island of Syros for the Easter holidays.The campaign focuses on presenting the unique climate existing on the island during the Easter period and the traditions of its residents.One of the main features of the island is the procession of the Epitaphios on Good Friday that starts from every church in Ermoupoli town – either catholic or orthodox – to meet in central Miaouli Square.


  • Corfu , for the Epitaph and Saturday Resurrection Announcement 

On Easter Saturday at 11.00 a.m., the first Resurrection is announced , and it i the moment of an unexpectable  experience of Cofu's unique celebration:

“Christós Anésti” is proclaimed against a background of loudly pealing bells and the joyful sounds of the bands as they parade through the streets. People hurl clay pots from windows and balconies which crash noisily on the streets below. At night, attend the Catholic Mass of the Resurrection in Duomo, or the Orthodox Resurrection Service at “Páno Platía” (Upper Square). Visitors will find themselves surrounded by thousands of lit candles: on balconies, on window sills or held by others attending the ceremony. The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated at 12.00 sharp with drum beats and fireworks.


  •  Chios, for Midnight Resuection Celebration  


In the Northeastern Aegean, Chios is well known for the magnificent Easter festivities too. On the night of the Holy Saturday the villagers of Vrontádos are ready to set the night on fire!

A rocket war breaks out here, which dates back to the age of the Turkish occupation (15th-19th centuries) and turns this village into a virtual battlefield.

source: visitgreece,  , greek sources, tonros news

Categories: Travel to Greece News , Greek to You in Greece , Spiritual Greece and Faith

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