photos: Angeliki Panagiotou
Celebrating Easter in Athens. Maundy Thursday in the central meat market for buying the traditional lamb and fresh eggs that will be dyed red. Good Friday at St. Demetrios Loumbardiaris church for the evening procession of the Epitaph overlooking the ancient Acropolis. Holy Saturday at Athens Cathedral in solemnity or in a picturesque church of the traditional neighborhood of Plaka for retro flair or to a church in the urban neighborhoods of the city like Pagkrati, Kypseli, Petralona, Thisio, because of "waiting for guests". The festive dinner at closed friends's house with the company of other Athenians not left the city, hearing fresh hits from YouTube or maybe something by The Smiths, somehow suitable because of the alternative version of the traditional mageiritsa soup, made not of entrails anymore, but of mushrooms. Wine and sympathy at the Athenian balconies in a mild spring night and for the end a long drink in the quiet downtown Athens that blooms this season. Easter Sunday in the working class neighborhoods, with grillers on the sidewalks, and uncles, cousins, partners or friends arriving for celebrations, to roast the sacrificed lamb, to eat kokoretsi(grilled intestines), to showcase their quality in traditional dances and songs. As the smell of burning meat diffuses into neighborhoods and drinking wine mists up the city borders for a day, vision dimly detects, through the warm light of midday, another promising life and perpetually deferred.