Easter Athens is an empty city

With its inhabitants allowed to leave the city for Easter without restrictions for the first time since 2019, and doing so in record numbers, Athens (almost) resembled a ghost city on Easter Sunday.

11 arrested over illegal fireworks

Police say they arrested 11 persons and detained a further eight for trying to use dangerous fireworks in several places in the Attica region.

President focuses on Ukraine during Easter speech

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou spoke from the northern city of Xanthi on Easter Sunday and focused on the hopeful message of the Resurrection, a promise of peace and prosperity, and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Holy Fire to arrive on Saturday from Jerusalem

The Holy Fire, carried to Greece each year from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, is set to arrive on a special Aegean Airlines flight on Saturday afternoon, in time for the Easter midnight mass.

Covid-themed candles on sale for Orthodox Easter

High-selling designs this Easter include pandemic-themed candles that resemble Covid-19 test kits, vaccination syringes and even red-colored representations of the ball-and-spike shaped virus itself.

UN chief seeks Orthodox Holy Week cease-fire

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for a four-day halt in fighting in Ukraine, starting Thursday to coincide with Orthodox Christians’ Holy Week observances.

Greek President and PM celebrate Easter

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou sent a message of hope from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens on Saturday night where she attended the Resurrection service.

Police mobilize to stem domestic travel

More than 10,000 police are on call to prevent motorists to leave cities for their ancestral villages or other holiday destinations outside their region ahead of Easter.

Stricter enforcement of no-travel rules

Starting Friday, police inspections of cars on national highway tolls will intensify to identify those who travel outside their regions in violation of pandemic restrictions.

Thousands of pensioners in for raises

Some 200,000 pensioners will receive significant raises as well as retroactive dues after delays of more than 20 months, probably after Easter.