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.
If you want to experience the Greek Easter in Athens, you can go to any church you happen to be near, but bear in mind that in some churches the Vigil takes a special form. The Metochion of Panagios Taphos in Plaka (Monastery of the Holy Sepulchre, 18 Erechtheos St.) is the church which first receives the Holy Light from Jerusalem. Athenians welcome the Holy Light at the Athens Airport at about 8 pm on Holy Saturday.
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.