There is something truly magical about Easter in Greece. The feeling of rebirth is all around in the air. Families and friends get together to celebrate, spring and Easter are actually one, a gigantic celebration, a resurrection of the senses; and as in nature, also for us, every year there is an opportunity to change, to start over, start fresh.
No other season brings us closer to nature than spring time; everything around us is transformed, nature takes new colours and new shapes are born, like a painting that is slowly being completed.
In smaller communities, local people collect flowers from the fields for the traditional decorations, and we are always inspired by these colourful wildflower arrangements.
Women gather to make small bouquets, and with all these tiny pops of colours, ornate decorations are created, different in every village and every town; smaller girls are particularly skilled in making the most delicate flower garlands, passing a thread though sets of flowers. It is such a wonderful sight to watch grandmothers, mothers and daughters making something together, learning this special tradition.
The Easter celebration means a lot to the Greek people, and it’s full of symbolisms, but what’s most interesting is that even for those less interested in the spiritual meaning of it, it is a yearly reminder that we are all together, and that we are part of the nature.
Time and business stop during the Holy Week and people are actually doing things together and reconnect with their families, their origins and nature. No one is left alone. How nice is that? Especially in the country side and the islands, there are different activities for every day of that week, where everyone is involved, older and younger, and each person plays a role in the preparations for a majestic spring celebration, the ceremony of the Resurrection on Saturday.
This year that we may not be spending this time with our loved ones, we can take this opportunity to reflect on what really matters. Easter is a story of sacrifice but also of new beginnings and hope.
Kalo Pascha / Καλό Πάσχα!