How to Exchange Easter Wishes in Greek Before and After Resurrection

In Greece… exchange Easter wishes like a Greek! The rules for Easter Wishes in Greek are a little complicated and depend on whether they are exchanged before or after the Resurrection of Jesus.

Greeks usually say wish Καλό Πάσχα! Kahlo Easter! Easter! from Palm Sunday to Holy Wednesday or Holy Thursday.

From Holy Thursday noon to Holy Saturday before the Resurrection of Jesus at midnight, you will hear Καλή Ανάσταση! Kali Anastasi! Happy Sunday!

When at midnight on Resurrection Saturday the priests take the Holy Fire out of the temple and each one lights his own candle, the priests and the faithful sing with one voice, “Khrιστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών! Christos Anesti ek nekron! Christ is risen from the dead!”

Families, relatives and friends exchange kisses and wishes: Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is Risen!

One answers either with Χριστός Ανέστη! or with Aληθώς Aνέστη! Alytos Anesti! Indeed, He is Risen!

If all these wishes are too complicated to keep in mind or voice, just settle for the classic Greek wish for all occasions:

Χρόνια Πολλά! Chronia Poll! Many years! – but, of course, after the Resurrection, not before!

If you are a foreigner, the Greeks will appreciate your Greek efforts anyway.

Καλό Πάσχα! Καλή Ανάσταση! Χρόνια Πολλά! Easter kalo. Kali Anastasi, Chronya Poll.

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