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Anastasis, Holy Week in Greece

This year, Holy Week, the most important holiday in Greece, falls one week after the western schedule. It is the same week only approximately every four years.

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Good Monday is the start of heavy fasting.

Maundy Thursday is a long mass where they read the whole story of The Passion of the Christ. Some church do a reenactment.

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Good Friday is the procession day where they carry an epitaph or casket and parade on the streets.
I went back to Agia Triada Monastery for this. Activities are different from other village. Agia Triada Monastery only circled in and around the church vicinity.

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Easter Saturday is Anastasi, The Resurrection. It’s when the burning of the Holy Flame takes place. They make an effigy of Judas. But nowadays it’s someone they hate like politicians or enemy. And they make a bonfire at midnight.
Me and a group of co-workers went to Sternes for this.

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People light their candles at midnight as well.

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Easter Sunday is the end of fasting. So the Greeks celebrate it with feast, an Easter party, of roasted lamb, or goat. They make Easter biscuits, hot raki, and red painted eggs representing blood of Christ.
My landlord gave me a red egg and a bag of delicious biscuits.

They sure celebrate Easter with a bang!

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Last Calls …

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33 replies »

  1. Wow! Such a lot of celebrating. Your fire photos are really great, Rommel. Thanks for all the details of how the Greeks the Greeks celebrate Easter. It’s certainly different to anything I’ve ever experienced. 🙂

  2. In this country, not a lot is said about the split between the Orthodox and the Roman churches in 1054. Yet, the Orthodox have their own history and tradition. Russian Orthodox owe much to the Greek tradition, and the Cyrillic alphabet was constructed by a monk, using Greek, Latin, and Hebrew letters. The West has never produced such a great religious novel as Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, which deals with the sensual, intellectual and spiritual aspects of man. The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor from the novel is still studied in philosophy and religious classes as well as literature classes.

    • Amazing how you are very knowledge about a lot of things. Thanks for your share, Robert. The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor sounds interesting.

  3. What a special celebration in Greek! Wow, the bonfire is something else. Stunning photos, can’t imagine being there… Thank you, Rommel! 🙂

    • Something else …. you read my mind. That’s exactly what I kept on exclaiming to my coworkers while we were witnessing it. It was definitely something else. You see, great minds think alike. Ahihihi 😀

      • Oh no… The King has the great mind! I love, love the first one and also the one right below the big fire shot is special. Sloow SS?

  4. What an exciting Easter celebration. I loved seeing another’s culture around the Easter pageantry when we lived in Mexico. Not quite as explosive as what it seems in Greece, but still moving and wonderful. I love that first image of yours Rommel.

    • Politicians, I believe. A little … uhm … twisted to think about it, esp. in front of a church… kind of laughable … but oh well, that’s how they roll. Ahihihi 😀

  5. Great feeling of being there Rommel from your pictures … I had to move swiftly back though from those flames … 😀 I wonder why they celebrate a week later every four years …
    They do love their festivals on the continent it’s great being able to experience one like this .

  6. Sooo you are visiting Greece these days or is it where you reside? 🙂
    The photographs of Fire were mesmerizing and haunting to look at, The dancing fire, amazing to look at !

    Hope you had a great EasterRommel, Loved the fireworks, I wanna see such massive fireworks, I find them so attractive and spectacular !! ^.^

    P.S Adele?? One word: BEST. (love your choice of music 😉 )

    Have a fantastic weekend. Much love,
    Zee ❤

  7. Beautifully done Rommel, there is something incredible about Anastasi and all the processions around the world at this time of the year. Perfect and beautiful. The first photo you have was such a perfect introduction to all the magic that followed. The bonfire shows so much passion, but it were those great candle shots that showed this fiery passion in a very quiet manner. Stunning as always Rommel, and great to see you enjoying your new digs 🙂

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