Archive for April 13th, 2017

All over the world in many Greek orthodox households eggs will have been boiled and are going to be painted. The common color is red but there are many variations in color and what is painted on the eggs. The dying of the eggs are associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Eggs symbolize the empty rock tomb from which Jesus arose after his crucifixion and are used as universal means of greeting and presentation for Christian believers. The choice of red — the color of life and victory — bears a long history and dates to ancient Mesopotamia, where early Christians stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Jesus, who was crucified for the salvation of all mankind.

Usually the dying of the eggs is an opportunity for family/friends to gather and whilst dying the eggs, get up to date with family affairs etc. Skopelosnews knows of many people on the island who will spend this day together.

If you want to go to church make sure you are up to it. It will be a long ceremony. The Thursday evening service features twelve gospel readings. It is in this service that a two-dimensional figure of Christ on the cross is brought into the church and set up, while the church bells ring. In some places a vigil is kept in the church all night.

Tonight after twelve o’clock we will be present again in a church where the Epitafeio (funeral bier) will be decorated. On Skopelos in four churches an Epitafeio will be decorated.

(2014 Epitafeio decorating)

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