Report by Katie Taylor aged 10
We were in Greece for Easter so I found out all about it. I asked Greek people questions, looked on Google and watched it myself. This is Agi whose mum has a cafe, she told me all about Greek food at Easter.
Easter is the biggest holiday of the year. It’s even bigger than Christmas. In Greece almost everyone is Orthodox Christian.
40 days before EASTER is the first day of Lent. People are not supposed to eat anything that comes from animals with blood in their veins. That means no meat, fish, milk, cheese and egg. Prawns are fine.
Restaurants will normally have special menus during this time of the year. My friend Djeni has a cafe in Nafpaktos and the menu is different. She stopped eating meat for Lent but not everyone in Greece does this. We had a meal together with prawns in it.
What happens at Easter in Greece?
In Scotland we watch the Wizard of Oz before Christmas, and people in Greece watch Jesus of Nazareth all week before Easter.
Most Greeks eat special things for Easter (eggs,sweet crackers, lamb on a spit). Supermarkets sell red eggs because it represents Jesus’ blood. They have chocolate Easter eggs too.
Its amazing to be in Greece for Easter. In Nafpaktos they have a big procession on Good Friday. They play sad music whilst the people are carrying coffins to represent Jesus’ coffin. The coffins are covered in petals and flowers. It’s like a funeral and people are sad. Djeni said it would rain when the procession started like the tears of angels, and it did!! She has watched the procession every year of her life and it has rained every time.
The harbour water is covered in candles and the walls have flame torches.
We didn’t get very many good pictures but here is a video of what the procession looks like. It is really, really beautiful and sad, and people from all over Greece, like Athens and Thessaloniki, come to this event.
On the Friday we also went to Djeni’s church to see what happened. She lit some candles and bowed in front of the coffin that was going to go in the procession later. The church is the most colourful one I have ever seen.
We left Nefpaktos and drove over a huge bridge to Katakola which is beside the sea and where lots of ships stop to visit Olympia. On Saturday night at midnight the bells of the church started to ring over and over again, and there were fireworks. We could hear the priest on a loudspeaker singing and this lasted until about 1am.
We were parked right across from the church and we saw all the people coming out of the church at midnight carrying candles. Thousands of people. And thousands of candles. Then we went to sleep!! But Djeni said that she was going to have a big meal with lamb at 2am. It is the end of Lent.
On Sunday me and the boys did a treasure hunt. My mum and dad took close up photos round the harbour and we found clues there. Money for a chocolate waffle was hiding in the fridge!
What is the weather like at Easter time in Greece?
It can be warm or quite cold. It was a bit rainy and windy when we were there. But in the day it was sunny and warm.
It’s a really good idea to visit Greece for Easter just to see what happens. There are processions and celebrations everywhere!