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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.
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.
A moveable holiday, the celebration of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon of the spring equinox. All over Greece, a plethora of customs and traditions are observed during the week prior to Easter, the Holy Week.
Each year, Hellenes all over the world celebrate Greek Independence Day on March 25, which is a national holiday in Greece. Today marks the 201st anniversary of Greek Independence Day. This is when Greeks remember their long struggle against the Ottoman Empire, an effort that eventually leads to Greece’s independence.
Sister Ioanna is a Greek Orthodox nun serving on a monastery in Skopelos. She is half-Greek and half-Jewish-American. She feels a sense of belonging in Greece, much more so than in the United States. Greek City Times spoke to Sister Ioanna recently to learn more about her holy journey.
Christmas is one of the major holidays that are celebrated in Greece, filled with moments to spend with loved ones, church services, and plenty of unique traditions. Here is a roundup of some of the most special Greek Christmas customs that you can enjoy, no matter where in the world you are.
On December 1, as on the first day of every month, people flocked in droves to the wish-granting Greek Orthodox church ‘Ayin Biri Kilisesi’ in Constantinople to make wishes, in the hope that they will come true.
The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21 each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem.
“Especially after this year of the COVID pandemic, we wanted to reach out to families with the love of God in a concrete manner,” said Fr. Luke Veronis, pastor of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church as his parish makes a generous donation that frees a number of local families of their medical debt.
After two emotional, career-redefining semi-final victories – and two dramatic, action-packed weeks in Paris – it will be 18-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic taking on Greece’s first major finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas for the Coupe des Mousquetaires crown at the Roland Garros tournament.
Her late Pappou always said, “Χωρίς Άννα δεν Σω” (without Ana I cannot live). Living by the valuable life lessons taught to her by her beloved Pappou helped to make Ana Mavridis, of award winning Zoom Real Estate in Burwood the incredible woman that she is today and her Pappou so proud. On Mother’s Day – a day that we honour the women who have helped others to become the strong and beautiful women that they are today – we tell Ana’s story.