Easter is the most sacred observance in the Greek Orthodox faith. Preparations and customs remain some of the most traditional in modern Greek life.
Preparations for Easter come to a climax toward the end of Holy Week, between Palm Sunday and Easter. While there are many local customs associated with Easter, there are several observed by all.
Liturgical texts (in English and Greek) and music online HERE.
What a beautiful idea to decorate a "Lambatha, or Pascha Candle" with your children or students. Often these can be purchased with stuffed animals and ribbons, but we aim to use small icon stickers, wax decals, and symbols from our faith instead. Beeswax is an ideal offering, however white is also fitting for the Resurrection.
Here are a few symbols to incorporate:
A small icon of the Resurrection
Alpha and Omega
IC XC NIKA (Jesus Christ Conquers)
The "X" and P"
Christ is Risen
Here is a sample graphic to print on labels. If anyone else has done this craft before, please share your advice. I found the following links that were helpful:
Secondly, a thought was offered to decorate the small plastic cup that is often used to catch the wax from burning little hands.
Or thirdly, you could decorate a small white lantern to take the "Holy Fire" home. This is helpful protection from the wind as well during processions!
Greek Easter Bread - Tsoureki
Mayiritsa: Traditional Greek Easter Soup
Kalitsounia Kritis: Sweet Cheese Pastries from Crete
Greek Easter cookies (koulourakia)