Articles Tagged ‘Easter’

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens

Post-Easter Pictures: The Miraculous Holy Light Arrives in Athens April 25, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor | Read More
Another Easter come and gone. Athenians are using this last night of the official Easter holiday to digest generous portions of lamb and finish the last of their “Chronia Pola” phone calls. It’s sad to say goodbye to Pascha but visitors are surely going to enjoy the refreshing sight...

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens

The Wax Rainbows in the Windows of Athens April 9, 2011 | Local Flavor | Read More
In Athens, the road to Pascha is lined with candle-filled windows. Lambadas are traditional Easter gifts for children to be used on Holy Great Saturday to receive the Holy Light from Jerusalem. The modern lambada is sometimes beautiful, oft-times a tacky amalgam of tulle and Happy Meal toys that appeal...

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα April 1, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Easter is coming and Athens is getting ready. The almond trees are getting showy with their pink blossoms, the streets are perfumed with neroli and incense wafting from church windows, and the shops are putting up fairytale window displays: a rainbow of Easter candles called lambathes suspended from...

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach

Try Something New: Cuttlefish With Spinach March 20, 2011 | Food, Local Flavor | Read More
It’s the second Sunday of the Great Fast here in Athens; we’re still trucking along down the highway of penitence called sarakosti, forty days of blood free meals until 12am Easter morning. It’s true that practicing a perfect lenten diet is waning with modern times, but everyone...

Last Days of Apokries (Carnival) in Athens. Let’s Party!

Last Days of Apokries (Carnival) in Athens. Let’s Party! March 4, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
There are three days left of Carnival, the period where Orthodox Greeks are still given the grace to indulge in excess and walk the streets in silly costumes. Admittedly with the state of things, this year’s carnival period has been less celebrated than in years past but there’s still fun...