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Greek Orthodox Easter

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Considered the most important holiday on the Greek calendar, the celebration of Orthodox Easter (Pascha, Greek: Πάσχα) is unique in almost every corner of Greece. Special traditions mark not only the mourning of Christ’s Crucifixion and the celebration of Resurrection, but also the passage from winter to spring. The uniqueness in celebrating Easter the traditional Greek way lies more in the week leading up to the event (Holy Week) rather than the actual religious holiday. The word “Pascha” derives from the Jewish “Pasah” which means “Passover”. Jewish people celebrated “Pasah” to commemorate their liberation from the Egyptians and the passage of the Red sea.While in the ancient Greek years, Easter time coincided with the month of Anthesterion (the flowering month), a celebration of spring and the rebirth of vegetation.   Continue reading

Athens: Exhibition on Mount Athos in Greek art

An exhibition organised by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) entitled “The Holy Mount in Greek art” is to open on January 24 in Athens at the Eynard Mansion (Aghiou Constantinou 20).The exhibition was set up in collaboration with the art gallery of the semi-autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece and focuses mainly on works produced in the early decades of the 20th century.About 180 paintings, etchings and books by 43 artists will be on display. Some of these belong to MIET’s collection, others are from the Mount Athos Gallery and others are on loan from a number of public and private collections in Greece.