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As the greatest feast of Orthodoxy, Easter is celebrated in a unique way in every corner of Greece, with century-old local traditions being revived every year all across the country.
The Easter pot-smashing tradition in Corfu symbolises the creation of an ‘earthquake’ like what occurred following the first Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Despite restrictions, thousands gathered to watch the festivities this year.
This feast of feasts is the most significant day in the life of the Church. It is a celebration of the defeat of death, as neither death itself nor the power of the grave could hold our Saviour captive.
The game of cracking red eggs, or “tsougrisma” as the Greeks call it, symbolises the breaking open of the tomb and Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The custom takes place after the resurrection on Easter Saturday at midnight or the following day during Paschal feasts.
After Holy Friday mass in Australia last night, Tsalikis speaks to the congregation in an emotional address saying, “I am happy because the Greek have not lost their faith in Mary, God and Jesus. When I return to Greece I will tell everyone of another miracle…of what I experienced here today with you. God bless you all. Kali Anastasi.”
On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. It is the day between the Crucifixion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection.