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How Easter is celebrated in Greece

Easter in Greece is the biggest holiday of the year and is even more important than Christmas, with week-long celebrations and traditions. There are many traditions in Greece revolving around Easter and the week leading up to Easter plays a major role in these. This week is known as oly !eek or "#egali Evdomada" $literally meaning the %ig !eek&. Throughout Holy Week the churches hold services at least once a day. Traditionally the people fast and no meat, oil or dairy products are eaten until midnight on Easter 'aturday, after the symbolic (essurection. )n oly #onday people go to church and kiss the icon of Christ. oly Tuesday is a day of mourning. )n oly !ednesday there is a special church service for worshippers to be blessed with oil. *ll household chores must be finished that day. )n oly !ednesday communion services in church start early morning and churchgoers bow before Christ on the Cross. The women dye eggs red to symbolise the blood of Christ, and bake Easter bread - Tsoureki. These will be placed on the Easter table to be eaten after 'aturday. oly +riday, the most sacred day of oly !eek, is a day of mourning. The church bells ring the death knell all morning. Girls decorate the Epitafio - the funeral bier and a service is held for Christ"s funeral. *t dusk the Epitafio is paraded through the village or town streets with a ,uiet procession in tow. This is a sombre parade. )n oly 'aturday the church once again holds a service in the morning, and it is filled with flowers. -n the villages men slaughter lambs for Easter 'unday.

The . The breaking of the +ast takes place now.Christ is (isen. music and dancing all day long. The whole of Greece. +amilies and friends meet up for the Easter 0ay roasting of lamb outside on a spit and a big celebration party with food.aska/ appy Easter. . it seems. the (esurrection. The people take their lit candles home. +ireworks are then let off in celebration. plus the red eggs.riest passes the oly +lame throughout the congregation and all light a candle with cries of Christos *nesti/. takes place at midnight and is the culmination of oly !eek.The *nastasi. wine. attends church for the midnight service and the lighting of the oly +lame. at midnight after the church service people go home to eat #ageiritsa .a meat soup made with offal. 1alo .