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Greek Easter
07-MAY-2010

Greek Easter

Easter in Arachova, Greece is truly a special event!
We spent this weekend in 1996 with a family that we had met 2 years earlier when visiting their town.
The peak of Easter is at midnight on Good Saturday, when pilgrims go the church and get the Holy Light.
At midnight exactly, the priest appears holding a lighted torch and shares the Holy Flame on the candles of near worshippers.
Then, the worshippers share at their turn the Holy Light with their close neighbors until the entire church and the courtyard get lit. It is a beautiful spectacle!
Worshippers bring the burning candles home and make the sign of a cross above their door with the black smoke. This custom is supposed to bring good fortune upon the house.
After midnight, families and friends eat "magiritsa", a soup made from lamb tripe, rice, dill and lemon; they have been fasting from meat during Lent before this special meal.
Local neighbors gather together to roast their lambs on Sunday morning ~ it is like a huge block party! This event is accompanied by wines and dances.
It truly was a memorable time for us!


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Jola Dziubinska10-May-2010 23:11
Happy memory, lovely egg. V.
Dara Su10-May-2010 09:52
Lovely egg,I like it.V.
Mieke WA Minkjan10-May-2010 07:17
great capture and of course it is even more beautiful with a rabbit on it :)
Bill Reed10-May-2010 01:45
Great color and a wonderful story. V
Frank Brault10-May-2010 00:47
A marvelous memory of a special time. The egg is gorgeous.
Cindi Smith10-May-2010 00:35
Gosh, what great memories you have! I love the egg. Beautiful!
slhoornstra09-May-2010 21:44
A lovely souvenir, and a story that has left me very hungry!!
LynnH09-May-2010 20:32
Sounds like you had a very eventful and exciting time! Lovely egg!
Jean Chiasson09-May-2010 19:50
Very cute image wonderful menory Stephanie vote
Brenda09-May-2010 16:32
Wonderful memory and photo!
Kathryn09-May-2010 14:55
What wonderful memories, sound fun.
Kerry Tingley09-May-2010 14:30
What a fabulous memory and photo Stephanie! Thanks for sharing it with us.I have celebrated Easter in a Russian Orthodox (a very small one) community and in Mexico and Costa Rica.
Pierre09-May-2010 11:30
Une photo qui rappelle de beaux souvenirs, très jolie! V
Yvonne09-May-2010 11:16
What a wonderful memory & memento!
Santi Bravo Figueras09-May-2010 10:49
Beautiful.
Phillip Normanton09-May-2010 10:29
Not Easter again - all that choccy!! :o)
Sofia Solomennikova09-May-2010 10:19
Love it!!! V
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