Greek Easter is just around the corner and God Parents from around the world have been ordering Anastaci candles from the Greek Wedding Shop.
Anastaci Candles or Easter Candles are a modern gift that God Parents buy or make to give to their God Children at Easter time. The colourful themed candles is a fairly new trend that has become popular in the US and throughout Europe, including Greece.
Candle themes can range from children’s favourite colours to cartoon characters and sports teams. Here are some pictures of the themed Easter Candles that are now available on the Greek Wedding Shop. If you have any questions or if you would like to place an order, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read More about the Easter Candle…
The Easter Candles are only used for one night and that is on the Saturday night church service (early Sunday morning). Shortly before midnight, all lights are extinguished and churches are lit only by the Eternal Flame on the altar. When the clock passes midnight, the Priest calls out “Christos Anesti” (Christ is risen), and passes the flame, the light of the Resurrection, to those nearest him. The flame is then passed from person to person, and it isn’t long before the church and courtyard are filled with flickering candlelight. The night air is filled with the singing of the Byzantine Chant “Christos Anesti,” and the “fili tis Agapis” (kiss of Agape) and wishes are exchanged. As is the custom, as soon as “Christos Anesti” is called out, church bells ring joyously non-stop, ships in ports all over Greece sound their horns, floodlights are lit on large buildings, and great and small displays of fireworks and noisemakers are set off.
Once the Priest has called out “Christos Anesti,” friends and neighbors exchange the same, saying “Christos Anesti” and, in response, “Alithos Anesti” (truly, He is risen) or “Alithinos o Kyrios” (true is the Lord).
- say: khree-STOHSS ah-NES-tee
- say: ah-lee-THOHSS ah-NES-tee
Alithinos o Kyrios
- say: ah-lee-thee-NOHSS o KEE-ree-yohss
It is the custom to carry the Eternal Flame home and use it to make the sign of the cross on the door frame in smoke. The smoke cross is left there throughout the year, symbolizing that the light of the Resurrection has blessed the home. The candles are used to light icon candelabra, and are put on the table for the midnight meal. The sight of hundreds of candle flames moving from churches to homes on that night is beautiful, indeed.
Once home, everyone gathers around the table for a traditional meal to break the fast, which includes the mayiritsa soup, tsoureki (sweet bread), and the red eggs. But before the eggs are eaten, there’s a traditional challenge: “tsougrisma.” Holding your egg, you tap the end against the end of your opponent’s egg, trying to crack it. It’s a game enjoyed by children and adults alike. Eggs are often made in very large quantities since the game continues on the next day with more friends and family.
The above extract was sourced from About.com
What type of Easter Candle will you/your God Child have this year?
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