Good Friday

Athens transport services adjusted for long Easter weekend

Public transport services in Athens will be adjusted for the Greek Orthodox Easter long weekend, from Friday to Wednesday after Easter.

Services will end before 11 p.m. on Saturday, while the usual extension of Friday schedules to midnight will not be implemented on Friday.

Buses, trolleys

Sacred Observance: Bulgaria Commemorates Good Friday with Reverence

Today marks Good Friday in Bulgaria, a day of solemn reflection and reverence as Christians commemorate the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. It is considered the saddest day of Holy Week, with strict fasting and special church services held to honor the Savior's sacrifice.

Egg-cellent Traditions: Painting Eggs and Celebrating Maundy Thursday in Bulgaria

Maundy Thursday, observed on April 13 this year, marks a significant moment in Holy Week for Bulgarians, rich in traditions and spiritual meaning. It is the day before the Resurrection feast, where ancient customs intertwine with religious rituals.

Easter Traditions in Bulgaria: A Tapestry of Ancient Customs and Spiritual Significance

Easter, or the Resurrection of Christ, stands as the most significant and vibrant holiday in the Orthodox Christian calendar. Rooted in the celebration of Jesus Christ's return to life after crucifixion, Easter embodies both spiritual renewal and the triumph of spring over winter.

Athens shops announce extended Easter opening hours

The extended opening hours of shops and stores for the Easter period will start on April 25.

The Athens Trade Association announced the proposed opening hours of Athens shops: from April 25 to Holy Thursday (May 2) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m, on Good Friday (May 3) from 1 until 7 p.m. and on Holy Saturday (May 4) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kaisariani’s woodland Epitaphios

People arrange flowers on the bier representing the burial of Christ at Kaisariani Monastery in Athens on the morning of Good Friday. Kaisariani's Epitaphios procession is the only one in the Greek capital that takes place during daylight hours and is particularly popular among the Greek Orthodox faithful.