Greek Easter – Do it the Greek way! (Part 4)

Four simple steps to discover the magic of Greek Easter!
But this is already STEP 4! Catch up with STEP 1, STEP 2 and STEP 3 before you proceed.

STEP 4 (and most important!) – Easter Sunday: Wake up as late as you’d like and stroll around the neighbourhoods of Athens, just to see the families and friends preparing or already roasting their lamp on charcoal grills. Don’t be surprised if someone invites you for a glass of wine, after all, today you’re allowed to drink a little bit more!  The smell of roasting lamb, burning fire and music will follow you on your way!

The traditional lamb on a spit and the clinking of the eggs

The traditional lamb on a spit and the clinking of the eggs!

Mingle with the locals and take part in the Greek Easter feast! Savour the traditional red Easter Eggs and, of course, the famous Greek Easter lamb on a spit accompanied by authentic Greek wine! Forget all your troubles and worries, dance to the sounds of live Greek music, mingle with people, tap your eggs and most of all share some of the most wonderful and memorable moments of your journey with your family and friends! Join one of the culinary tours of Athens Walking Tours during the Greek Holy Week and discover why all Greeks, all over the world, believe Easter is the best holiday season of the year!

Table set for you at a selected restaurant!

Traditional Greek Easter dishes!

To do’s and to do not’s of Greek Easter

Do:

–      When one tells you “Christos Anesti” (Christ has been resurrected), you answer “Alethos Anesti” (Indeed He has)

If this is too difficult for you to pronounce, then, practice the first part (“Christos Anesti”) because this is going to be the way Greeks greet each other, for the next couple of days.

Do not:

–    When the opponent has a bigger or suspiciously colored egg, avoid clinking your egg against his/hers – in a nice – yet inventive way: Offer them one of your own! They are most probably “cheaters” who want to be “winners” and use duck or wooden eggs!

Do:

–      If you have long hair pay extra attention when you’re around lit up candles. Not all people holding the candles will…

Do not:

–    On the street at night, you might notice Greeks sanctifying their doorstep by “smoking” with their candles a cross over their doorstep. Most probably the hotel owner will not appreciate this if you try to do it at your hotel door!

Do:

–    The best place to stand for the resurrection ceremony is close to the stand where the priest will come to announce the resurrection.

Do not:

–    If you see a suspiciously empty space outside a church full of people, be aware of the fact that the space has most probably not been saved for you, but for the fireworks!

Do:

–    After the priest announces the “Christos Anesti” – but only right after that – you are allowed to kiss the pretty girl standing next to you, saying the words “Christos Anesti”!

Do not:

–    If you kiss the pretty girl that stands next to you, be aware that you most probably will have to kiss her bearded husband, her mom, her grandmother and her brother as well! Therefore, always check ones’ surroundings!

Do:

–     On Easter Sunday, everybody is considered a family. Perfect strangers, can seat next to each other and enjoy the family spirit! No person should eat alone.

Do not:

–     On Easter Sunday, especially after a couple of wines, no-no, you are not allowed to kiss the pretty girl sitting at the next table!

 

Greek “Glendi”

Greek “Glendi”

Lilac - it’s Greek name “Pashalia” (Easter): The Trademark of Greek Easter

Lilac – it’s Greek name “Pashalia” (Easter): The Trademark of Greek Easter

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