Today; the Easer Saturday everyone goes to church late in the evening, carrying with them unlit candles. At midnight the priest announces the resurrection of Christ (“Christos anesti”) and lets the people light their candles of the Holy Flame taken from Christ’s nativity cave in Jerusalem. As everybody do this fireworks and crackers go off and the dark night is filled with light from the candles. After this, everybody goes home for a meal, which is usually about a traditional soup (Mayiritsa) – the fast is over. If their candles are still burning, a cross is made in the doorway with the soot, to protect the house for the coming year.
I’m so excited!! I think I’ll be posting some pictures of the ceremony!