Useful Greek Orthodox Easter Greetings

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        This week is the remembrance of the Crucificion and Rebirth of Jesus Christ. Below are words related to #Easter you will hear across the #Greek #Orthodox Diaspora:

        Kalo Pascha = Κάλω Πάσχα = Happy Easter
        Kyriaki tou Pascha = Κυριακή του Ράσχα = Easter Sunday
        Nistia = Νηστείας = Fasting (for Lent)
        Megali Evdomada = Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα = Holy Week
        Megali Pempti = Μεγάλη Πέμπτη = Holy Thursday
        Megali Paraskevi = Μεγάλη Παρασκευή = Good Friday
        Pascha = Πάσχα = Easter
        Sarakosti = Μεγάλη Σαρακοστή = Lent

        As you may know the Greek communities all over the world take this period very seriously so when you Meet and Greet Greek friends and neighbours, this will be impressive if you can say to them on Easter Sunday:

        [b]Christos Anesti [/b]- Christ is Risen!

        And the correct response if they say it to you is [b]Aleethos anesti[/b] ("truly risen").

        Also, at any time from Holy Thursday onwards you can say the usual [b]chronia polla[/b] ("many years") to which the response is [b]epeesees[/b] ("likewise") and/or [b]too chronoo[/b] ("and next year").

        [i]Note that "ch" is pronounced as in Scottish "loch".[/i]

        As a postscript: the dates for the Western Christian Churches and the Eastern Churches are not always the same year by year. Check out here their respective dates in each year’s calendar:
        http://britsincrete.net/faq/greek-easter-dates

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