Sadly these two years we can’t celebrate Easter as we used to do. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and we must stay home in order to keep ourselves protected. As Greek Orthodox Christian most of us are, we have a lot of traditions in this humble holiday we used to do and also keep doing after all this ends.
Before Covid we used to go to the church and listen to the holy sequence. Always in the Holy Week we used to fast and not eat meat. On Good Thursday we paint red eggs. Red symbolizes Christ’s blood when a Roman soldier stabbed him. On Good Friday we used to go to the church not only to listen to the holy sequence but also to worship and walk around the Epitaph. On Labor Day we used to go again to the church to take the Holy Light and when the priest says: “Δεῦτε λάβετε φῶς ἐκ τοῦ ἀνεσπέρου φωτός, καὶ δοξάσατε Χριστόν, τὸν ἀναστάντα ἐκ νεκρῶν” we say to each other: “Χριστός Ἀνέστη” and the other one must reply saying: “Ἀληθῶς Ἀνέστη”. Usually then we crack the eggs and go home to eat a traditional food called mageiritsa. The next day we skewer the spear and generally eat meat and have fun with our friends and family.
These last two years because of the virus we have sadly to celebrate this holiday differently. We can’t go to the church to listen directly the holy sequence but we stay home and with the help of internet we listen these amazing tropes. We cannot also worship and walk around the Epitaph on Good Friday and the most important we cannot take the holy Light to our homes. Luckily, on Labor Day we can have this small conversation, crack the eggs and skewer the spear but only with our family.
As a conclusion I can say, that these last two years were difficult in a lot of things but I hope to become these things easier for all of us. I wish to each one of you and your family happy Easter, with joy and health and please stay safe. Better days are coming!