10 REASONS WHY EVERYONE LOVES GREEK EASTER
27 April 2016 Lifestyle
Here are the TOP 10 reasons everyone loves Greek Orthodox Easter…
1.) THE LAMB AND KOKORETSI ON THE SOUVLA ON EASTER DAY.
Meaning behind: The sacrificial lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of Christ. The kokoretsi is because…Greeks just love to eat intestinal guts.
2.) THE BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL “HRISTOS ANESTI” HOLY FIRE
Powerful psalms and chanting fill all Orthodox churches worldwide at Midnight. From Greek to Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Ethiopian, Bulgarian, Coptic Orthodox and more.
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California above.
3.) THE DELICIOUS TSOUREKIA AND KOULOURAKIA. Click on images to see our recipes…
4.) THE “HRISTOS ANESTI-ALITHOS ANESTI” EGG CRACKING GAME.
Meaning behind: The egg is a symbol of resurrection. The egg shell symbolizes Christ’s tomb and breaking it symbolizes his resurrection from the dead.
5.) WALKING AROUND THE BLOCK OF THE CHURCH
This is along with hundreds of Greek Orthodox Christians on Good Friday behind the Epitafios (tomb) of Christ.
NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE IN THE WORLD, THE BLOCK WILL CLOSE DOWN.
6.) THE FANTASTIC FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT
Meaning behind: To ward off any evil spirits
7.) WE DYE OUR EASTER EGGS RED ONLY
This is done on MEGALI PEMTI which is the day of the Holy Week Christ was crucified.
Meaning behind: Red dye colour symbolizes the blood of Christ
8.) THE EASTER CHOCOLATE BUNNIES AND CANDY ARE HALF PRICE
9.) WE EAT MAGIRITSA STEW.
Love it or hate it, this stew is a staple in every Greek home after Anastasi of Megalo Savato.
10.) SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR BIG GREEK FAMILY…PRICELESS!
Pass the spanakopita!
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