Καλό Πάσχα or Kalo Pascha which is Happy Easter in Greek! Hope you’re all enjoying some chocolate and a lovely four day weekend, I wish I was but alas, no rest for the rep!
Easter has always been a holiday I have enjoyed. I honestly have no idea why as I don’t have a religious bone in my body but there is something about it I just love. Maybe because it’s Spring and the weather is looking up. Maybe because everything is cute and pastel coloured. Maybe because I get to eat chocolate for breakfast. Who knows why but I have always loved Easter.
I took up some of my luggage allowance flying to Cyprus with Easter goodies for myself and Ash but I thought enjoying some yummy chocolate would be the extent of Easter here in Cyprus. I was surprised our first day in Paphos when we popped into Jumbo and it looked like Easter had thrown up in the store. We quickly learnt that Easter is a massive deal for Greeks and here in Cyprus. This got me excited and I spent a lot of time researching what goes on.
Whilst Easter in England mainly consists of a glorious weekend off work (if you’re lucky) and some chocolates eggs, here in Cyprus it is a huge event. With the majority of the island being strongly Greek Orthodox, the death and resurrection of Jesus means a lot to them and their celebration of Easter is bigger than Christmas!
I learnt that there is a schedule of events running from Thursday until Tuesday with the peak of it being Saturday night. I discovered that the churches and monasteries have a late evening service during which bonfires are burning outside of the churches. At midnight, the preist announces the resurrection of Christ and everyone goes outside to set off fireworks whilst the church bells are rung. At this point, the light of Jesus is also passed around. Everyone is attendance goes with a candle which is lit by the preist. Dyed red eggs are also passed around and feast takes place after the service.
So, Saturday night we planned to pop down to our local church to witness the event and see the fireworks. However, the night before, we had a five hour flight delay resulting in us not getting home from work until 2:30am. We were exhausted because of this and unsure whether we could be bothered to actually attend. Saturday evening, I had to get some petrol and we passed a bonfire on route to the station so we pulled over to have a look. We then decided to skip the fireworks however and head straight to bed but we heard them and the bells from our apartment. I also received an Easter flower from our neighbour.
Sunday is a day spent with family. The roads were so quiet that my
drive to work was a dream. In line with tradition of spending time with family, I planned a bbq for after work on Sunday. It ended up being taken over by someone else and was no longer my event but never mind, it was still a nice evening spending time with the team. We had good food, a few drinks, Easter cornflake nests and roasted marshmallows. A lovely, relaxed Easter Sunday.
Now I plan to spend the rest of the week putting myself in a sweet coma with Creme Egg’s and Terry’s Chocolate Orange!
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