This past Sunday was Easter for all Greek Orthodox Christians and it is the best holiday of the year. Here my top 3 reasons why Greaster is the best…
- It’s an all day gathering
From 12 PM to 12 AM my huge family gathers at my uncle Andy’s house to celebrate Easter. I am not kidding when I say that we eat all day… The food just keeps coming out right after another. My Thea (means aunt in Greek) Dimitra makes the best Tirokafteri ever; for those who don’t know what that is, it’s basically smashed feta cheese with hot peppers and spices mixed together, you can eat both warm and cold. Not only are we surrounded by family members,
we also invite friends too. This year, the Italians next door brought over fresh loafs of home made bread and it was mouthwatering. All day we are surrounded by food, familyand booze; the best combo ever 😉
2. Red Eggs Galore
Every family dies over dozens of red hard boiled eggs and throughout the day we compete with one another to see who has the strongest egg. What you do is grab two eggs and hit the tips of each on one another, whoever’s egg cracks is the loser. The winner continues to play until her/her egg is cracked too. This year, my Theo (means uncle in Greek) Gus cracked over 5 eggs in a row, he was crowned as the egg champion this Easter.
3. Lamb, lamb, and more lamb
Okay…this is my last and favorite reason of them all! The freaking lamb is the best thing about Greaster; if you haven’t tried lamb, I suggest you come to next years Greaster because it will literally change your life. On Saturday, the day before Easter, all of my uncles get together and prepare the lambs for tomorrow (notice how I said lambs, instead of lamb? Well…in my family we need 2 to keep everyone satisfied). On Sunday, we through the lambs on a spit and have them roast over the fire until the outside is just crispy enough. The skin of the lamb is the best part, but it’s everyone’s favorite part too. To get a piece of the lamb’s skin, I have to battle with all my cousins and uncles. That area literally becomes a war zone; people are burning there fingertips to grab a piece and arguing over pieces at are too big for one person. Trick is… always stand near the lamb while it roasts and bring a fork, that way when time comes you are front and center ready to dive in without burning your fingers!