Easter, the Greek way


Few holidays matter more to Greeks and Greek-Americans alike than Easter. The holiday comes after a 40-day period of fasting and reflection, and it brings family and friends together for a sumptuous feast. On Good Friday last week, local residents gathered in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nektarios to mark the burial of Jesus Christ with the epitaphio, an ornate structure covered in flowers meant to represent Christ’s tomb. Above, young girls dressed as myrophores surround the epitaphio, an ornate representation of Christ’s tomb. In the Greek Orthodox tradition, myrophores symbolize the myrrh-bearers involved in Jesus’ burial.