Delicious traditional dishes and delicacies of Greek Easter
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Delicious traditional dishes and delicacies of Greek Easter

Greece ● 05 April 2018
 

Easter in Greece is renowned all over the world for its religious aura and devoutness of the Greek people. If you spend your Easter vacation in Greece, you will be impressed by the traditions and customs, which are connected with the religious atmosphere of the biggest festivity of the Greek Orthodox Church. In general, the customs of Greek Easter are related to faith and food. Because meat and dairy products are prohibited during Lent and on Holy Week the people eat only seafood, when the fast is over on Holy Saturday night, people gather with their families and eat special traditional dishes and delicacies they have prepared the previous days. If you are in Greece on Holy Saturday or especially Easter Sunday, you can eat these delicious dishes in every Greek tavern.

Easter soup

Mayiritsa, the Greek Easter soup, was designed to use the leftovers of the lamb, so that nothing went to waste. Its ingredients are lamb offal, like liver, heart or lungs, intestines, eggs, rice and lettuce in a typically Greek recipe with a unique taste. Mayiritsa is mainly eaten after the Resurrection of Christ at night of Holy Saturday, when people after Lent need a dish full of energy. It is also combined with roasted lamb on Easter Sunday. 


Red eggs

Eggs are dyed red, because the red colour represents the blood of Christ. This is the reason why the eggs are dyed red on Holy Thursday, the day of Crucifixion. Red eggs are eaten after the Resurrection on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Before the eggs are eaten, there is a traditional challenge, called tsougrisma. You hold your egg and tap its end against the end of your opponent's egg trying to crack it saying wishes, like Christos Anesti (=Christ is risen) and Alithos Anesti (truly, He is risen).


Roasted lamb

There is a tradition in Greece that men wake up very early on Easer Sunday and prepare all day long a roasted lamb in the courtyard. This delicious dish is combined with tzatzaki (yoghourt dip), pommes frites, Greek salad and cheese or spinach pie.


Tsoureki

Tsoureki is a kind of sweet bread, which is a tradition to be prepared on Holy Thursday and eaten on Easter Sunday. Two aromatic spices, mastic and mahlab, give tsoureki an amazing taste. You can eat tsoureki throughout the whole year, but the tsoureki of Easter has a red egg in the middle.

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