Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, Πάσχα, celebrates Jesus rising from the dead and marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Greeks go to church late Saturday night then feast on lamb soup, μαγειρίτσα, and bread after midnight service. Easter is preceeded by Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Good Friday.
Why is Greek Orthodox Easter celebrated on a different day than Western Easter?
Occasional Greek Orthodox Easter coincides with Western Easter, however, it is calculated using different criteria so most years it lands on a different day.
Easter varies between March 22 and April 25 and the criteria for calculating Greek Easter includes:
When is Greek (Eastern) Orthodox Easter?
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