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Greek Easter 2018: The spectacular rocket war on Chios (video)

Every Easter in the Greek island of Chios, two churches in the village of Vrontados go into a full rouketopolemos, rocket war. It is the local alternative to the Greek custom to celebrate Jesus Resurrection with fireworks. Thousands of home-made rockets are being fired against the target which is the …

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Easter 2018: Extended shop hours in Athens & Thessaloniki

Retail shops in Athens will operate in extended opening hours due to the Easter Holidays. The extended working hours start Thursday, March 29th 2018 and end on Holy Saturday, April 7th. On Palm Sunday, April 1st, retail shops will be open. The general plan is as follows: On weekdays, Monday …

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Increased security measures in Greece’s Coptic churches after deadly blasts in Egypt

Greek police has increased security measures in Coptic churches after the deadly blasts in Egypt that cost the lives of 45 people. The three official Coptic churches located in Athens have been under strict surveillance and security patrols. The security plan went into effect already on Holy Monday, a day …

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Greek Orthodox customs to honor the dead on Good Friday

I find it always deeply touching how Greeks honor their dead before major holidays like Christmas and Easter. On Good Friday, the peak of the Passion Week, Greeks go to the cemeteries with the arms full of flowers to lay on the graves of their beloved ones. After washing the …

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Self-made Easter firecrackers kill two, amputate three

Every year the same tragedy at Easter time: fire crackers burst in the hands of the people, causing them serious injuries, amputate them and kill them. Two young men lost their lives on Good Friday, when threw the firecracker at electricity cables and were hit by high voltage. The two …

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