The red eggs, the Easter bread, the spit-roasted meat, the kokoretsi, and of course, the traditional Easter wishes Christos Anesti (Christ is risen). There is no doubt that Easter, as celebrated in Greece, is something utterly unique.
For every Christian, Good Friday is the most solemn day of the year. In order to understand what the profound solemnity that characterises Greek Easter is all about, you can wait at Syntagma Square, where at 9.30 pm the various Epitaphios processions converge, each one decorated with fresh flowers.
The air is filled with the scent of honeysuckle and lilac. Yes, Greek Easter (Pascha) carries within it a certain magical quality that is associated with the first signs of spring, the deep religious feeling characteristic of the famous Greek writer Papadiamantis, and of course the ever vibrant spirit of the Greek people.