Talk: Greek Easter
3 speakers & sample traditional Greek Easter food!
Friday 9 April, 5:30 pm - 7pm
To Πάσχα (Greek Easter or Eastern Orthodox Easter) is the most important cultural and religious event of the Hellenic (Greek) calendar. The Friends of Te Papa and Hellenic New Zealand Congress (HNZC) are delighted to share Greek Easter with you in an intimate look at how Hellenic communities celebrate Easter. While it is similar to Western Easter, there are some major differences including no chocolate Easter eggs! HNZC President, Dr David Philips will welcome guests to the event and introduce our 3 speakers.
Remembering Through a Child’s Eyes: Our speaker will talk about personal experiences of Easter in Greece as a child. Even in Greece, there are regional differences in how Easter is celebrated. It is a magical time with special foods, fasting and family gatherings. Tolis Papazoglou is a scenographer, director and translator. Born in Athens, he is a HNZC committee member and past president, hailing from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in Turkey and Tripoli in Greece.
Easter Traditions: While Greek Easter is closely associated with church, there are a number of traditions and customs that occur outside of the church and in the home. We’ll explore how families prepare and celebrate Greek Easter from cleaning the house to coming home after midnight service and breaking fast. Stella Bares is a recipient of the Queen Services Order (QSO) for services to the Greek community. She is a fabulous cook and past president of various Greek organisations including the Greek Orthodox Community.
Holy Week: Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα (Holy Week or Big Week) is a revival of Jesus’ last days, his death and resurrection. Reverend Father George Kanellis will talk about the church services and ceremonies on Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Father George Kanellis is a Greek Orthodox Priest of the Holy Metropolis of New Zealand. He is Australian born and educated however since 2016 calls Aotearoa New Zealand home. He is the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Auckland. He is also a Missionary Priest serving the Metropolis in its ongoing work in the Pacific in particular in Samoa where he also has family ties, as well as supporting missionary efforts in Tonga and Fiji. He has worked extensively in the Waikato with Tangata Whenua baptising Maori into the Orthodox Faith. He holds the ecclesiastical rank of Oikonomos. His Greek roots trace back to the Island of Crete and Mytilini and Smyrna in Asia Minor.
Feature image: Detail from: Candles in the church of Saint Nikolaos of Giannakopoulos, at Megalochori of Santorini.
Includes free parking & refreshments