Easter in Georgia for Orthodox Christians
Easter is the most important holiday for Orthodox Christians. The week before Easter is called Passion Week. This is when special services are conducted in almost every church in Georgia. But most particular days are PASSION THURSDAY and GOOD FRIDAY. On Thursday the service is held according to Last Supper and on Friday a special ritual takes place in Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where sacred robe of Jesus Crist is buried.
Easter is about how Jesus died for our sins on the cross and then came back to life on the third day.
This is a celebration of victory of a good over an evil.
“Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of his wounds” (1 Peter 2:24, NCV)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi is the main site for Easter services in Georgia, where the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, delivers a prayer .
Flowers and bunnies decorate the home. Father helps the children paint beautiful designs on eggs dyed in various colors. These eggs are placed into lovely, seasonal baskets. The wonderful aroma of the hot cross buns mother is baking in the oven waft through the house. Forty days of abstaining from special foods will finally end the next day. The whole family picks out their Sunday best to wear to the next morning’s sunrise worship service to celebrate the savior’s resurrection and the renewal of life. Everyone looks forward to a succulent ham with all the trimmings. It will be a thrilling day. After all, it is one of the most important religious holidays of the year.