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Friday, April 29, 2021

In addition to Daniel “Brainman” Tammet, the “Letterman” show on Wednesday also had the ever-quirky Amy Sedaris on.

Like me, she’s of the Greek Orthodox persuasion, and so recognizes an Easter that usually comes weeks later than the rest of Christendom. She had a good zinger about the real reason for the discrepancy:

Amy is preparing to celebrate Greek Easter next week. Greek Easter usually comes later than regular Easter. Amy’s mom suspected it was later because then the Greeks could get all their Easter stuff on sale.

Makes sense to me. Although I don’t recall my mother, or any other relatives, bragging about any bargains they got on Easter egg coloring kits, or marked-down chocolate bunnies; and just try finding Peeps after mid-March…

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/29/2005 10:17:17 AM
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  1. Just a couple of question, since you are of Greek Orthodox persuasion:

    1) The religious leader who recently passed away (I believe shortly after the Pope’s death); is he the same one who would visit Tarpon Springs each year and participate in the ceremony that I always see on TV?

    2) Did you ever participate in that event, and if you did, what is the experience like? And if you are aware, is there anything special that takes place in the weeks or days before?

    Please excuse my curiosity. Seems like a great celebration.

    Comment by Robert — 04/30/2005 @ 09:04:32 PM

  2. 1) Yep, that was the same guy, although I think he was retired. He was the top Orthodox leader for the Americas; since the Orthodox Church is more decentralized than the Catholic, in many ways he was more important to followers here than the Orthodox “pope” (really Patriarch) in Istanbul is.

    2) I’ve never done the Tarpon cross-diving thing, nor even attended it. I grew up in New York, and we didn’t have anything equivalent. Frankly, I don’t remember ever hearing about Tarpon’s thing until I came down here. I don’t know that anything special takes place before that ceremony.

    I’m nothing close to devout. I take notice of events when they find their way into the media, and get the rest of my info from my family.

    Comment by CT — 05/01/2021 @ 10:34:12 AM

  3. ade vre,
    We certainly did have the same think in New York! It is freezing cold. I myself took a cross at 15 years old off of Asbury park pier in 74.

    Comment by gs — 05/01/2021 @ 08:37:44 PM

  4. EASTER, BUT NOT

    All the chocolate bunnies and colored eggs (and, oh yeah, Jesus) ought to indicate to you that today is Easter Sunday.
    Unless, like me, you’re Orthodox Christian, and thus won’t be celebrating Easter until next Sunday. (I’ll take th…

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