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Saturday evening we all go to the church square and those who follow the tradition join the procession around the church, before we ignite our candles, that we bring from home, at the Easter light.

The orthodox Easter light is brought to Greece from Jerusalem by airplane and spreaded all over the country. Everybody wishes everyone a happy Easter or "chronia pola" as we say in Greek words, the fire at the plateia is ignited and young people start bangers and fireworks with a bedlam. As we don't open fireworks for New Year's Eve we do it during the Easter celebration. After this procedure many people quickly leave the party, as this is also the end of the Lenten season (period of fasting) and they want to celebrate this with a big supper at home in their families. We take the lightened candles home (sometimes even inside our cars) and draw a carbon black cross on the architrave of the house door before we enter. This procedure shall provide good luck for the forthcoming year.

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