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“Tsougrisma,” a Greek Easter custom

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There is no Easter bunny hiding eggs for the Greek children to find. The eggs are in plain sight, on the table, for everyone to take. Yet, no one may eat them before “cracking” them with someone, exchanging wishes and … Continue reading

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Photos of the week: Easter barbeque

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In Greece, Easter is a family affair, a time to feast on all the foods forbidden during Lent, surrounded by friends and family. The day calls for barbecue; the tradition calls for lamb, roast on a spit over charcoal, a … Continue reading

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Easter in Greece comes with a bang

Everyone knows of New Year’s fireworks, but in Greece, it’s Easter that’s more worth of a bang. Nearly everyone, but especially young men and boys, will buy some sort of firework to light at the church courtyard during the Easter … Continue reading

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FAQ: why does the Orthodox Easter fall on a different date than the Catholic one?

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The western world is celebrating Easter. Today, both Catholics and Protestants will be celebrating one of the greatest Christian holidays. The Orthodox will be celebrating the same holiday more than a month later, on May 5th. Why don’t the Catholic … Continue reading