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Greek Easter Greetings

Say "Happy Easter" in Greek

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Easter bread with traditional red egg

Easter bread with traditional red eggEaster bread with traditional red egg.

Picture of Greek Easter bread © deTraci Regula; licensed to About.com
During Easter time in Greece, travelers are likely to hear typical phrases used in greetings.

On Easter itself, "Christos Anesti!" or "Christ is risen!" will be on everyone's lips. It may be startling if you hear it at midnight, along with the booming sounds of fireworks, but many Greek towns celebrate the resurrection that way.

Visitors may also hear "Kalo Pashcha!" or "Beautiful Easter (to you)!"

During the forty days of Lent, you may also hear "Kali Sarakosti", wishing you a good Lent.

As always, any time of year, Greek speakers always appreciate a happy "Kalimera!" or "Good morning!", or "Yasou", equivalent to "Hello". The more formal and respectful version of "Yasou" is "Yassas". It's not expected from tourists, but should be used for those older than you are or those who are in positions of authority.

May all your holidays in Greece be happy ones!

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