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How to exchange Easter wishes in Greek before and after Resurrection

When in Greece… exchange Easter wishes like a Greek! Easter wishes are a bit complicated and depend on whether they are exchanged before of after Jesus Resurrection.

In the average Greeks wish Καλό Πάσχα! Kalo Pascha! Happy Easter! from Palm Sunday until Good Wednesday or Good Thursday.

From Good Thursday noon until Good Saturday before Jesus Resurrection at midnight you will hear  Καλή Ανάσταση! Kali Anastasi! Happy Resurrection!

When the priests bring the Holy Fire out of the church at midnight on Resurrection Saturday, and everybody has lit his own white candle,  priests and the faithful chant in one voice “Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών! Christos Αnesti ek nekron! Christ is Risen from the dead!”.

Families, relatives and friends exchange kisses and the wish: Χριστός Ανέστη! Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

One replies either with Χριστός Ανέστη!  or with  Aληθώς Aνέστη! Alithos Anesti! Truly He is Risen!

If all these wishes are too complicated to keep in mind or to speak out, just stay with the all occasions classic Greek wish:

Χρόνια Πολλά!  Chronia Polla! Many Happy Returns! – but of course, after the Resurrection and not before!

If you’re foreigner, Greeks would appreciate your Greek efforts anyway.

Καλό Πάσχα! Καλή Ανάσταση! Χρόνια Πολλά!

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  1. Would like to wish you, KTG, Kalo Pascha! Thank you once again for your hard work during the pandemia, its not over yet but, maybe just maybe, we can now learn to live with this evil virus. The vaccin will help us if we take it!
    I hope you will have a good time during Easter!

  2. thank you for the instructions! I think these greetings are wonderful. sometimes you have to take your time, for example on a Monday, January 1st 😉

  3. P.S. : et JOYEUSES PÂQUES à toi, cher KTG, merci pour ce site d’informations toujours passionnant, bien fait aussi bien du point de vue du contenu que de la forme, et à la lecture très précieuse pour les étrangers vivant sur le sol grec (et peut-être aussi pour les grecs eux-mêmes, rêvons un peu !)

  4. Some people cannot even stop pushing the vaccination on a Easter post. They are like a cult. Perhaps some of us Christians should reflect on how ” Christian” we have behaved over the last couple of years.

    • Nope, I cant because it is so important!!
      Happy Easter to all of you out there….

      • You are being divisive and bringing disharmony to a Easter post. Many Orthodox Christians (and others) will not take the vaccination and yet you post this on a Easter message. You will not understand…..