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Easter

Easter celebrations are an essential part of popular orthodoxy in Greece. The special emphasis put on Easter comes from the pre-Christian period, with the myths and rituals of Ancient Greece associated with spring, death and renewal. The symbolism of Easter in Greece is also strongly related to the Greek revolution which took place in the spring of 1821. There are similarities between the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the Greek nation and the liberation of the Greeks from Ottoman rule. The ways Greeks participate in Easter festivities are, for example, by going to church at midnight on Saturday, for the mass of the resurrection of Christ, and almost universally, regardless of their religiosity. There are also different religious rites and folkloric Easter traditions according to the different regions of Greece. Thus, Orthodoxy seems to function as a cultural operator regardless of religious belief and the religious factor.

D 19 September 2012    ALina Molokotos

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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