so...we are in the 2 last days of the big Easter celebrations..
let me share with you some customs we have for Easter. Easter for Greeks is the biggest celebration of all. We celebrate Easter more than every other Orthodox countries and societies on the world!! Kids accept gifts and their Easter candles ~ the ones that carry the Holly flame in our houses~ from their Godparents. So every Godparent brings an Easter Candle, clothes or shoes, chocolate eggs and an easter bun to his/hers godchild. Godparents supposed to bring these goods to their godchildren until the age of 18. My Godmother still brings me my Easter Candle, my Easter bun and she always brings me something for my house (towels, sheets etc ~ I'm quite big to bring me fluffy and cute dresses heh) but this year she is quite sick ~ she is 82 years old!!! so she couldn't come but she is always in my prayers!! So I made my own candles for me and hubby!! I really like them and they had big success!!woohooo.
Anyway let's continue with the customs. Big Thursday~ we dye the eggs red . that means that Christ's blood painted the eggs. Big Friday ~ we have the Litany of Epitaphs. Big Sunday ~ at 00.00 midnight we celebrate Ressurection of Christ. We go at Church, light our candles with the Holly Flame and when we come back at 3.00 am we make a chross outside our doorstep and we eat the traditional magiritsa ~ a soup based in vegatables and insides of lamb...I don't like it. Old people did this cause the wanted to prepare their stomachs for the big feast after 40 days of fasting. We bump our red eggs to wish for the Easter and then the guys preparing the lamb and the kokoretsi for Sunday.
So Easter Sunday....ok...hmmm let me try to describe it with few words....food, food and more food!!! people go wild!!! 20 kilos of lamb on the spit!!! yeah... 20 kilos for max 10 people!!!!amazing huh??? traditional dances, food, red eggs, wine, tzatziki,kokoretsi, and more food till the end of day...yeap crazy I know. well hubby and I don't do any of the above...we try to be reasonable!! heh but his parents do all the above!!! so this year we went to celebrate Easter with them and all this happened. My FIL this year didn't tried to stuff me with all this food!! but of course he gave me so much food to take back to our home that I'm sure will last for 2 weeks lol!!!
oh also i want you all meet John the lamb. I think this lamb is very lucky as he didn't have the destiny of other poor lambs...anyway he is so cute and he drinks a huge bottle of milk in les than 2 min!!! amazing huh???
ok that's it for tonight...I need a soda even if I didn't ate so much...just in memory of all this food...and consider that Greeks are in a huge crisis right now!!! are they?????? I know hubby and I are but what about all the other people spending more than 500 euros for just the Easter Sunday meal???people traveling around Geece when fuels costs 2 euros per litre!!!???
we spent 100 euros for food, fuels and some chocolates for friends and family. but not for the Easter day. for the Big week and the week before... I wonder how people managed with all this Easter frenzy...
anyway sorry for bothering you with my thoughts and the strange ways of Greeks...hope you found something interesting here....
also I'll try to cardmake more the following days