The Easter holiday is seen as the most important holiday in Greece and is celebrated from Maundy Thursday and continues through Easter Monday.
It is a religious holiday marking the resurrection of Christ after he was crucified. Greek orthodox Easter does not coincide with the typical Western Christianity Easter that is celebrated around the world. Western Christianity chooses to follow the newer Gregorian calendar, Greek Orthodox however, chooses to follow the older Julian calendar for holidays such as Easter. Every few years the Easters will fall on the same day, but most of the time they are at least a week a part. Eastern Christianity also chooses to begin lent on Kathari Deftara, or Clean Monday, rather than Ash Wednesday.
The forty-day period of fasting officially comes to an end on Easter Sunday. Families gather to celebrate the ascension of Christ into heaven with a big feast. Traditionally a lamb is prepared either on a spit or in an oven. The day is spent eating food and drinking with family.