For many Greeks, Easter is one of the most enjoyable times of the year, from making Easter treats to attending church, our culture full of customs and traditions around Easter time.
On the 5th of April, the Cretan Brotherhood opened its doors to its younger members and dance groups for an Easter workshop. It was great to see the club full of life after two very difficult years. We had children from as young as two years old, Senior dance group members and parents all jumping in on the fun activities we organised.
Our koulourakia baking station was organised by small business Gluko.Gk, and were delicious! The little ones loved smashing up the “edible playdough” while the older kids got creative with designs. It was amazing to see many parents getting involved as they prepared for their own baking marathons at home!
What is Greek Easter without dying red eggs? The kids loved creating some very interesting designs with many different colours. I’m sure many kids will be getting involved in the annual egg dying in their own homes come Holy Thursday!
Before sitting down for dinner, the kids went absolutely crazy for the Easter Egg Hunt. Just imagine over 40 kids running around, trying to beat each other to every single egg; it was mayhem!
It was incredible to see so many new faces and plenty of returning members engaging in the fun traditions we do at Easter time. There are plenty more Greek Easter traditions, with everyone having their own special way of celebrating, and we were able to discuss these with the group.
Many parents pointed out that this was the first time their little ones had ever been involved in our amazing traditions, which makes workshops like these so much more worthwhile. Ultimately, it is our children that will carry these special customs as they grow and therefore, so important that they get to truly experience how fun and special they are.!
We wish everyone a magical and safe Easter with their families and we can’t wait to see you all back at dancing after the break. Καλό Πάσχα!
By Stelio Theodorakis