Καλό Πάσχα 2016 is the Greek way of saying Happy Easter 2016. If you have Greek friends and you would like to greet them for Easter, and you look for The best Easter wishes and greetings in Greek, you have come to the right place! Here is a lovely selection of the best Greek inspiring greetings and wishes for Happy Easter
Greeks, as Eastern Orthodox Christians have so much in common in regards with the way the Easter holidays are celebrated in Eastern Europe. Still, there are some things that make the holiday in Greece slightly different than the festivities in the other countries and they are worth considering, because these small details, for me personally, make Greek Easter somehow more beautiful and festive.
Easter is the biggest holiday of the year for the Greek Orthodox Church and this week is called Megali Evdomada which means the Great (Grand) Week. The Greek word for Easter is Pascha, it originates from the Arameic pascha and the Hebrew pesah or the so-called Passover and if you want to say Happy Easter it is Kalo Pascha.
First it should be noted that for the Greeks this is the most important Christian holiday. From my experience I can say that in Greece people enjoy and cherish Easter (το Πάσχα) over Christmas (τα Χριστούγεννα). Perhaps this is due to the fact that Easter is in spring and the weather is warm, or because the expectation of the holiday is associated with many other pleasant Greek customs and traditions.
For example, Απόκριες (τα καρναβάλια), Τσικνοπέμπτη, Καθαρά Δευτέρα- and others associated with the Lent for Easter, and the climax comes with the painting of the Easter eggs, the baking of Easter cakes and the preparation of the traditional lamb dishes, which is a long-awaited and loved by all Greeks procedure. In the days before Easter we all wish "Καλό Πάσχα", "Καλή Ανάσταση" and "Καλή Λαμπρή" (Nice Easter). Those who observe Easter Lent allow themselves to eat seafood (θαλασσινά) as shrimp, mussels, crabs, fish and even octopus as for the Greeks they are 'oily' food.
Towards the end of the week the more common Chronia Polla (Long life) tends to be replaced by a more solemn Kali Anastasi – Happy Resurrection. So people congratulate each other this way until Easter Holy Saturday night; when the Holy light is brought in from Jerusalem and everyone light up their candles from it when midnight comes. This ceremony symbolizes the resurrection of Christ and after the candles are lit up, the Greeks greet each other with the Easter greeting Christos Anesti, Christ Is Risen,and the corresponding answer is Alithos Anesti, He Is Risen Indeed.
During the days after Easter Saturday you can greet your Greek friends with the saying Christos Anesti and if you speak Greek, you can just answer Alithos (indeed). It is also what you have to say if you take part in red painted Easter Eggs fight to see who will have a successful year and will be lucky and healthy throughout the whole year: the one holding the egg that attacks says Christos Anesti before he or she hits its opponent's egg and the one holding the egg in defense replies Alithos.
Happy Easter to you and your families!