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I noticed our Easter is late - May 5th - but Western Easter is at the end of March. Has Lent already started for them? When does our Lent start?

This year, I plan to do a stricter Lenten fast, so I want to plan some things out in advance.

Lent is a time for introspection, repentance, and spiritual growth. Through the dedicated practice of fasting, prayer, and charity, believers seek not only to grow closer to God but also to better understand themselves in relation to God’s will.
This year the dates for Greek Orthodox lent is: Monday, March 18, 2024 ending on Saturday, May 4, 2024
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Yes, Easter is late. With Holy Week plus Lent, that makes Lent starting on March 18th.

Navigating Greek Lenten Fasting - Advice?

Lent is here and all my friends and family have been asking "what are you doing for lent this year?" They're all "giving something up" but I decided I wanted to fast. I would love your help and advice because this is the first time I am doing things in a stricter way. I resolve to see it through!

It's supposed to be a a time of reflection, purification, and preparation for the celebration of Easter, and the diet plays a significant part in this spiritual journey. I don't want to get so obsessed with the "rules" that I lose myself in them and forget why I am fasting int he first place.

Thanks in advance!

How do I learn traditional Greek dance?

I've recently developed an interest in traditional Greek dance and would love some advice on how to get started. I've seen videos of dances like the Syrtaki and Kalamatianos, and they look both fun and challenging. I'm not sure where to begin, though.

Does anyone have recommendations for learning resources, such as books, online tutorials, or instructional DVDs? Are there particular dances that are best for beginners? Additionally, I'm curious if there are any local dance groups or cultural organizations that might offer classes or workshops. I'm especially interested in experiencing the community aspect of Greek dance, so any advice on finding dance events or festivals would be greatly appreciated.

Greek Easter Holy Week Liturgies!

The Naming Customs of Greece, From Ancient Times to Today -

Appropriate clothing for Holy Week services?

I was going to wear a floral dress to the service on Good Friday - I pretty much always do - and someone made a comment that they didn't think it's appropriate because it is a service of mourning.

You know, I guess that makes sense - but I haven't that much of it. What are your thoughts on it? I ended up choosing an outfit that looked a little more somber.

I am curious about the best things to wear through Holy Week! I am assuming the really spring-like colors are best on Pascha?
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