Currency Guide - Greek Orthodox Easter

This is one of the most spectacular celebrations in the Greek calendar and one not to be missed.

Greek Orthodox Easter

Easter is the biggest event of the year in the Greek Calendar, celebrated everywhere with street processions, midnight fireworks and spit-roasted lamb. Some islands are renowned for their unique Easter festivities.

Easter week is marked by different events each day. It all begins on the Saturday of Lazarus (one week before Easter Sunday) with children going door-to-door singing the hymn of ‘Lazaros’ and collecting money and eggs.

Good Friday leads into Easter weekend with a day of mourning in recognition of the death of Christ, culminating in one of the most extraordinary nights of Easter week.

Resurrection Mass (Anastasi), which takes place on Saturday night, is the most important religious event of the year. At midnight, all lights are extinguished in the church and the priest uses his candle to light the Easter candle of a parishioner.

Easter Sunday is the day for celebration and feasting with lamb roasts. The leisurely midday meal gives way to traditional dancing and fireworks. As an important place of Christian pilgrimage, the Monastery of St John the Theologian on Patmos has one of the largest celebrations.

The Greek Easter does not always fall on the same date as the Greek Orthodox Easter is tied to the Julian calendar.

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