Monday, April 20, 2009

Greek Easter!

Over the weekend we celebrated Orthodox Easter. I love the Easter Ceremony, even though it doesn't get over until like 2 a.m.- I can't remember when it started) Greek Orthodox has very symbolic ceremonies. At the beginning they turn all the lights off and the priest comes out with a single candle lit. Then he passes the flame onto other parishioners and it symbolizes the spread of the word of God. It is a really pretty service and the hymns they sing about Christ's resurrection get stuck in your head for days afterwards. (um, that doesn't sound right, but trust me they are really pretty songs) I don't usually talk about religion and heaven only knows I am not the epitome of religious living, but there is something about going and being a part of the ceremonies. Plus it is like the biggest holiday for the family to get together. (Yes, I married into the big Greek family! Opa!!) Yia Yia, Travis' Grandmother, is the best cook in the world. She had lamb, roast beef, spinakopita (spinach pie), meatballs, green beans with red sauce, Greek Salad, Easter Bread (my all time favorite bread), kourakia (Twisty Greek Cookies). Yia Yia works so hard in the kitchen, and everything is so delish. So to all my Greek Orthodox friends out there, "Christos Anesti!" (Christ is risen!)(and your response would be "Alithos Anesti ("Truly he has risen!))

4 comments:

sugaryfrogs.blogspot.com said...

That food sounds amazing!!! Sounds like you had a great holiday!

Spencer and Mandy said...

That sounds really cool! I didn't know anything about the holiday. The food sounds amazing. I wish I could've been there.

Melissa Joy said...

Thanks for sharing this Molly. I love learning about religions and their traditions. The food sounds amazing!!!!

Debbie said...

I could just roll around in that Greek food. That is the idea, isn't it?