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Orthodox Greeks and Holy Wednesday

On Holy and Great Wednesday, many Orthodox remember the act of Christ's anointing with myrrh by a "sinful woman" before his crucifixion. It is...

Why Orthodox and Western Easter Are on Different Dates

Greece is slowly but surely coming closer to the great feast of Easter -- a religious occasion celebrated here with more gusto than in many...

Athens: Greece’s Easter Monday Ghost Town

Greek Easter is about the only week-long religious event which can both fill the streets of a European capital to bursting point and also...

Magiritsa: The Traditional Greek Easter Soup

The main Easter meal which happens on Easter Sunday is traditionally associated with roasting lamb on a spit, and this soup was created using...

Rottweilers Kill 5-Year-Old Boy in Greece

A 5-year-old boy was killed in a village near Kozani, northern Greece, after he was attacked by two Rottweilers while celebrating Easter Sunday with his...

Easter With Hot-Air Balloons: A Unique Greek Spectacle

Several regions in Greece have adopted the tradition of releasing hot-air balloons for Easter - a tradition which turns the night into a marvelous, delightful...

The Symbolism of Cracking Red Eggs on Easter

On the first hours of Easter Sunday and right after “Christ has risen” Greek Orthodox crack red eggs during dinner. This tradition-while fun as...

‘Botides’: Corfu’s Unique Holy Saturday Tradition

As every Holy Saturday morning, the Greek island of Corfu was packed again by locals and tourists who came to attend the "Botides" tradition that takes...

Holy Saturday: The Day of the Resurrection

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and Lent. On Saturday, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pontius Pilate to secure Jesus...

Turkish Planes Carry Out 29 Violations of Greek Air Space

Turkish military aircraft carried out 29 violations of Greece air space in the Aegean on Thursday, just days ahead of the Orthodox Easter. These...

Good Friday: Greek Orthodox Traditions of the Epitaph

Good Friday is an eminently mournful day commemorating the Passion of the Christ across Greece. Even the most remote churches honor the tradition of the epitaph,...

Athens: Massive Outings of Easter Vacationers

Athens has started to gradually empty out, as many vacationers are getting into the spirit of Easter holidays and find several ways to escape the...

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