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To the Global Christian Community...

I wish to honour the Christian community around the world this Easter season and wish a Happy Easter and Many Happy Returns through the Resurrection of Christ!

We call East week Megali Evdomada, which means Great Week. It is the most important holiday of the year for Orthodox Christians.

Many believers fast before Easter, and won’t eat foods such as meat, butter, milk as well as olive oil for the last few days. Then we may go to a priest for confession, and then take the Holy Communion.

The actual Easter festival begins on Good Friday and people go to the churches to see the priests take down the icon of Christ off the cross, wrap it in linen and put it in a great casket covered in flowers symbolizing the tomb of Christ. It is then taken through the town or village, and people lament the death of Christ.

On 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 does 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 -- 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.

On Easter Sunday friends and family gather in homes, eating lamb on the spit and dyed eggs. Before the red eggs are eaten, however, you must crack them against your neighbours’ eggs, and whoever wins by having a whole egg at the end, will get all the luck.

In celebration of this Great Event, I have created an embroidered wishing card with hand-woven representations of Easter and with explanatory texts inside.

I wish to thank everyone who have expressed their moral support for my mission and for the great interest they have shown toward my artworks.


Easter Card