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In the Greek Orthodox calendar Easter remains the most celebrated. It’s also closely associated with the first signs of spring and is a time for families and loved ones to gather and rejoice together. One can feel the anticipation and see the joy in the eyes of the the people from all the Greek communities worldwide. – Especially the children.
The traditional customary gift for Easter is the “Lambada” (Easter candle) which is lit on the midnight service of Easter Saturday. The exquisitely unique Lambada is a gift given by godparents to their godchildren. It’s a magical time for the children, who peering though their house windows, eagerly look forward to the long anticipated visit.
The Lambada plays a significant role in the Easter festivities. People gather in church every evening throughout Holy Week, especially on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and on Holy Saturday, the night of the Resurrection.
More specifically, on Good Friday, women and children go to the church, in order to decorate the Epitaph (Bier of Christ) with flowers, while during that same evening the Epitaph procession takes place.
The mood slowly shifts on Holy Saturday as the faithful prepare for the Resurrection. People gather at the church, with their Lambada candle and listen to the liturgy of the Resurrection. At midnight, the church’s lights are turned off, symbolising the passing of Christ into Hades. As the priest chants the hymn “Come Receive the Light”, the crowd lights their Lambada with the Holy Light. Everyone passes the flame one to another. When the priest chants “Christos Anesth” (Christ is risen), the believers say it to one another and receive in reply “Alithos Anesth” (indeed, He has risen) while exchanging wishes and kisses. It is truly beautiful spectacle and the pinnacle of the celebrations.
With the celebrations at an end, people carry their lit Lambada to their homes, often forming a cross with the candle’s flame at the front door of their houses, for protection of the house during the coming year, and a special dinner is set for family and friends. Easter Sunday is usually a family day where everyone enjoys the beginning of spring by roasting a lamb on pits over a fire at the outdoors. Various appetisers and copious amounts of wine, Raki and ouzo are served.
This Easter, Zayiana’s workshop embarked on its customary “pilgrimage” to create a Lambada with vibrant colours, flair and in keeping with the traditional protocols of Easter. The subtle, yet joyous decorations will certainly put a smile on those who carry our Lambada.
The Greek Easter is truly a unique experience and the best opportunity to really aquaint oneself with the Greek people and their traditions.
Zayiana's Lambada candle due to it's fragility will be exclusively available for pickup from our store.Directions and opening times
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