Happy Easter from The Leptos Group

Warm wishes from the Leptos Group to all of you. The spirit of Easter is all about Hope, Love and joyful living. May all the joys of this glorious season be yours. Happy Easter! Καλό Πάσχα!


Easter traditions in Cyprus

  2. Easter• Easter is a movable celebration and it’s the greatest holiday of the Orthodox Church.• It is always celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon of the spring equinox.• Holy Week is dedicated to church-going and to baking.
  3. Easter Fasting is for 50 days and in Cyprus iscalled “Sarakosti”. Christians must not eatmeat, dairy products and oil.
  4. Palm Sunday• On this Sunday people take palm leaves and olive leaves to the church and follow the icon of Christ around the church in a procession commemorating Christs entry into Jerusalem. Olive leaves are put into pillow-case-like sacks and are kept in the church for forty days after which they can be used for incense burning.
  5. On Holy Thursday Flaounes are baked. Flaounes are made of short crust with cheese, egg,raisins and mint filling, formed into triangular and square shapes
  6. On Holy Thursday eggs are boiled and dyed red to symbolise Christ’s blood from the cross, with a special root called “rizari”. Some other people paint their eggs in various colours.
  7. The crucifixion of Christ is on Holy Thursday and people go to church to mourn. The church’s icons are covered with black veils to show their grief.
  8. “Epitafios” On Holy Friday everyonebrings flowers to the churchso that the young girls can decorate the “Epitafios” Holy Sepulchre.
  9. The procession starts after the eveningservice with the priestsproceeding. Young men carry the “epitafios” outside the church, around theneighborhood and back to the church again. People follow the “epitafios” around through the whole procession.
  10. Holy SaturdayOn Saturday morning people go to church and as soonas it is announced by the priests that Christ is no longerin His grave, the church doors and church sits arebanged by the people, and all the black veils that coverthe Holy Icons drop.
  11. The real sermon of resurrection happens at midnight. Everybody goes to church and celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Duringthe midnight sermon, candles are lit by the holy light and people are custommed to take the Holy Light at their houses for blessing.
  12. Judas, the Christ’s traitor, is burned in the church yard. This is a tradition we call “Lambratzia”. Kids collect wood for weeks to set up an enormous burning spot for Judas.
  13. After the midnight sermon the wholefamily gathers together for a feast. People eat a special kind of soupcalled “avgolemoni”. They also crack the boiled dyed eggs and say “Christos Anesti”, which means Christ has risen from the dead, and the response is “Alithos Anesti”, which means indeed he has risen.
  14. Holy Sunday On Sunday, people crack eggs again. They eat roastedlamb, “flaounes” and drink wine. As they sit at the tableone person starts creating arhyme for a particular personeither to tease him or toshow his love to a woman atthe table and is obligated toget an answer back on that.This whole process is called “tchatismata”.
  15. On Monday after Easter traditionalgames are played. Some of them are mentioned below.“Kamilos”, “ Ziziros”, . Racing