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Easter in Georgia: Peculiarities and Traditions

“Christ is Risen! Truly He is risen!” – These words are everywhere in the holy day of Christ’s resurrection.

The Orthodox from all over the world celebrate Easter today – the oldest Christian festival, which brings the faithful hope for the salvation, peace and the grace of God.

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In Georgia, Christ’s Resurrection was met by the Easter liturgy in all acting churches of the country.

In Tbilisi, thousands of the faithful came at night to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity to join the Easter liturgy and take home a particle of Holy Fire.

On Easter Monday, churches conduct a special prayer in memory of the deceased, and Orthodox Christians bring red eggs and flowers to the graves of their relatives.

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People prepare for Easter by dying eggs red on Good Friday and by baking Easter Bread, called Paska. The eggs symbolize the blood of Christ. They are placed on green wheat grass, which symbolizes new life, resurrection, and eternity. People grow this wheat grass  on flat plates two weeks before Easter. On the Saturday evening before Easter, people take the eggs and Easter breads to church for a blessing. After the service, people take the bread and eggs home and crack the eggs during the next days. The person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.

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On Saturday night, the day before Easter Sunday, the most devout Orthodox Christians go to church and stay there overnight until late Easter morning. A special service is conducted in almost every church across the country. Following this people have a special meal to break the fast.

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