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The Easter Holiday in Greece is very important for the Greek people. It all begins on Clean Monday when the period of the Great Lent starts. At this period of time people don’t eat meat and dairy products. Nowadays most of the people don’t fast for the whole period but mostly in the Holy Week. On Clean Monday which is also a public holiday, people in Greece usually have picnics in the countryside and fly the kite. That day the first of fasting they usually eat olives, seafood and other traditional delicacies.
After the Clean Monday another important period before Easter is the Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday, the day Jesus had his last meal with his students, the Greeks have a special custom of dying eggs in red color. The red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus and the egg recalls the shape of the stone that was rolled away on Easter Sunday from the tomb that held Jesus’ body.
Another important day is Good Friday. In the morning all the shops are closed because this is the time that they take Jesus of his cross and put him on his grave. At night people gather at churches around the country and follow Epitaphios, an imitation of Christ’s funeral bier which is decorated with flowers. The Epitaphios is then paraded along the streets of the town while the priests sing hymns and the people follow holding candles.
On Saturday night people gather at churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. At the stroke of midnight the priest says Christos Anesti (Jesus was resurrected) and the worshippers light their candles with the Holy flame that comes from Jerusalem and is being spread throughout the country. Then people holding their candles go home and eat a traditional dish called Mageiritsa, which is a soup made from lamb tripe and rise.
On Easter Sunday people gather with their loved ones to eat and celebrate for the whole day. The traditional dish for Easter is usually a lamb that is cooked on a spit from the early morning and kokoretsi which is from lamb intestines and seasonings also cooked on a spit.
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