Greece celebrates Easter Sunday
Orthodox Easter that is considered even more important than Christmas to Greeks! Despite being up throughout the evening for the jubilant Resurrection feast. Easter Sunday, the most celebrated of the Holy Week, is a feast of lamb served in honor of the lamb of God. The entire day is celebrated with food, music, friends, wine, and a lot of dancing - with an entire lamb usually roasted on a spit outdoors.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you might not like Greek Easter, but do not worry, Greek cuisine has a lot of vegetable dishes as well.
Notably, Easter is not only about eating…but also about dancing, enjoying the beautiful nature and wildflowers everywhere. A celebration of being reborn and of life with consideration for each other with love in our hearts. The greeting today is "Xronia Polla", "Christos Anesti, "Alithos Anesti!".
Moreover, the name Anastasios is descended from the Greek word "anastasis". It is associated with the Resurrection of Christ as celebrated on Easter Day in the Christian world. Therefore, the name day is celebrated on Easter day, which is a movable date every year.
Lastly, a day of rest after the week-long festivities is "Easter Monday". What people do is they take the day to prepare for the return to school or work. Families take the day to revisit the events of the past week and leftovers from the celebration are eaten on that particular day. Banks and post offices are closed because Easter Monday is a public holiday.