In Greece, red Easter eggs are traditionally dyed on Holy Thursday, but they can be done on any day leading up to Easter Sunday. They are the first food eaten after the strict fasting of Lent in some families, while others enjoy them after dinner when everyone is gathered around the table to play the red egg game.
The red color symbolizes the blood and sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the egg symbolizes rebirth.
The red egg game (“tsougrisma”) is a tradition of Greek Easter. Each player holds a red egg, and one taps the end of her or his egg lightly against the end of the other player’s egg. When one egg’s end is cracked, the person with the unbroken egg uses the same end of the egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg.
While you cracking the eggs, one person says, “Christos Anesti” (Christ has risen!), while the other person says, “Alithos Anesti” (Indeed he has risen!). The player who successfully cracks both ends of their opponent’s egg is declared the winner and, it is said, will have good luck during the year.
Here you can find a Red Easter Eggs recipe!
Happy Easter and good luck!
For the recipe click here