Do you say Happy Easter to Orthodox?
HARPERSVILLE — “Christos Anesti” or “Christ is risen” is a traditional greeting among Greek Orthodox Christians during their Pascha, or Easter service. “One person says ‘Christos Anesti! ‘ or ‘Christ is risen! ‘ and the person with the other egg responds with ‘Alithos Anesti!
Why is Greek Orthodox Easter so late in 2021?
For millions of people around the world, Easter falls on Sunday 2 May 2021. Orthodox Christians in Europe, Africa and the Middle East celebrate Easter later than most in the western world. It’s because they use a different calendar to work out what day Easter should fall on.
What do Greek Orthodox believe about Easter?
According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Great and Holy Pascha. On this day, Orthodox Christians refrain from meat, fish, dairy and egg, but are allowed to have wine and oil.
What is Greek Orthodox Good Friday?
For the Greek Orthodox Church, Good Friday is a day of mourning. The drama of Jesus Christ’s death is followed with great devoutness. The icon of Jesus is taken off the cross, wrapped in linen and put it in the Epitaph, symbolizing his tomb.
Why does the Orthodox Church use the Julian calendar?
Regarding Pascha, the Orthodox have kept the Julian to comply with a First Ecumenical Council canon, which demands Christians to celebrate Pascha after the Jewish Pesach. On the contrary, Western Christians use the Gregorian calendar, which makes them celebrate Pascha before, after or even on the day of Pesach.
Why do Orthodox Christians not use the Gregorian calendar?
Because the Russian Orthodox Church still observes the Julian calendar. Because the Julian calendar has a leap year in all years divisible by four—without excepting centurial years not divisible by 400, the way the Gregorian calendar does—the discrepancy between the Julian and Gregorian calendar changes periodically.