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January 01, 2020

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 I was glad to have the opportunity to visit Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens. It starts on Good Friday with a funerary procession when the epitaph (tomb of Christ) with flowers is brought out of the church to lead a procession through the streets, circling the church before returning back .

On Easter Saturday the Holy Fire is lit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected and is flown into Athens directly from Jerusalem. The Metohi tou Panagiou Tafou church receives the light in Athens first where many people are waiting.

The main event of Easter starts then a few minutes before midnight. (The Holy Light has now been spread around the city). The light will be passed from person to person, before a traditional hymn "Christos Anesti" (resurrection of Christ) is sung. Then everybody takes the light back to his home.

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