The Easter eggs in Thassos

One of the Greek Easter customs relates to the dyeing of eggs in red colours and the preparation of Easter sweet bread called “tsourekia”. The egg is a symbol of fertility and creation. According to others, it represents the regeneration of the world and nature. Its red colour symbolises the blood of the crucified Jesus. Eggs are dyed on Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus Christ took bread and wine and shared them with His disciples. He identified Himself with the bread and wine: "Take, eat; this is my Body. Drink of it all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant" (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus sacrificed himself to save mankind from sin.

According to a tradition from Thassos the red colour symbolises Christ’s blood. And for others, it is an expression of joy for the happy event of Resurrection and, at the same time, a means of warding off evil spirits.

Another activity that takes place on Easter Day is the playing of a game with the eggs known as “egg knocking”. It's a bit like playing conquers, with players tapping their opponents' eggs until one breaks. The victor goes through to the next round and it's a process of elimination until there's only one good egg, the winner's, left. Eggs are a symbol of new life, reminding us of Christ's Resurrection from the dead. Just as the little chick breaks through the shell of the egg, Jesus came forth from the tomb.