What is eaten in Greece on Easter?

The religion that is predominant in Greece is orthodox Christian that is recognize with that category of “predominant” in the Greek Constitution but it is also recognized the liberty of religion. It is stimated that between 88%-98% of the population is considered orthodox.

Within the orthodox celebrations, Easter is undoubtedly one of the most important festivals in Greece, where traditional events that are typical of these dates are combined with the occasion to meet with family and friends. Although it is true that many Greeks practice fasting at these dates, these meetings place gastronomy at the center of all the festivities, as they prepare typical dishes that are only consumed during this celebration.

The first curiosity worth mentioning is that in Greece during this festivity there is a tradition of painting eggs in red color, to be used to decorate the tables of the dining room, to play games, and, of course, to consume them.



During Good Thursday, several sweet dishes are usually prepared to eat them after the midnight Mass on Holy Saturday. It is very typical, for example, to make koulourakia biscuits, made of butter, which are characterized by having a soft texture and is normally presented in a spiral form. It is also very typical to prepare the tsoureki, one of the several typical breads in Greece, which is prepared by embedding eggs in the dough.


As main dish after Holy Saturday mass, the mayiritsa soup is usually prepared, made with lamb tripe, lemon and seasoned with lettuce and dill.On Easter Sunday, the Greeks start preparing a barbecue to roast lamb and prepare an immense variety of typical dishes such as the tzatziki, to enjoy with their family and friends of those dishes, dances and Greek wine.

Here is a video resuming all the traditions during Easter in Greece:

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