Easter in Eastern Macedonia


Macedonian life is a blend of tradition, nationality and religion. All three aspects affect most daily activities, especially during the Easter holiday. Most Macedonians are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church which is officially called the Orthodox Catholic Church and they refer to themselves as Orthodox Christians. They believe that their church was founded and directly descended from Jesus Christ and his apostles. Since the Orthodox Christians use the older Julian calendar to calculate the date when Easter is celebrated this year it falls a week later than Christians following the Gregorian calendar.

DSCF7265Easter is a huge celebration here beginning on Thursday. Women arise before dawn and dye eggs an intense red which is said to represent the blood of Christ; the legend is that blood dripping from his hands and feet colored the stones at the base of the cross red and that the red eggs are symbolic. The…

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