Othodox Easter traditions and social distancing
By Sofia, Apr 18 2020 09:38AM
One of the oldest Easter traditions for Orthodox Christians are red-dyed eggs. These symbolise the blood and resurrection of Christ. Not only eggs, but other traditions around this time of the year are symbolic to awakening of nature after the slumber and the monotony of the winter months.
Well ahead of the Easter rituals beginning, the authorities assumed Easter to present the greatest of challenges to the shut-down preventing spread of the COVID.19 virus. On Skopelos there are no cases, which perhaps is due to its isolated and sparsely-populated state in the winter months. We have, however, taken the shut-down guidance for the whole of Greece seriously and abide by it.
I don't bother dying eggs. These are done for me by friends who know in what order of traditions this should be done and whose children symbolically bring over a batch. This year, with social distancing, this age-old symbolic gesture was extended by cousins in Australia, who sent me a snapshot of red Easter eggs, complete with the traditional Easter bread; a delicate arrangement, which I share here with you.
Happy Easter Sunday.
Stay safe everyone.