The game of cracking the Greek Easter eggs | Tsougrisma

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According to Greek tradition, Easter eggs are dyed red. Red colour represents Jesus Christ’s blood. Eggs themselves represent Jesus Christ’s sealed Tomb from which He arose after His Crucifixion. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and eternal life. 
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Holy Thursday is the day that Greeks by tradition dye the eggs red. This tradition has started to fade the last years. Bright colours, patterns, stickers and more crafting ideas are used nowadays to decorate Easter eggs.

Cracking the Easter eggs symbolises Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The custom takes place after the Resurrection (on Easter Saturday midnight). It is a game that involves two players and two eggs which the players choose from a basket of red eggs. One player holds his egg and the other player taps with the under end of his egg, the upper end of the other player’s egg. The goal is to crack the other player’s egg. The winner, then, uses the same end of the egg to tap the other, – non cracked – end of the opponent’s egg. The winner is the one, whose egg will crack the eggs of all the other players.

This game in Greek is called tsougrisma. Old people, especially men, find it really funny, they tell a lot of jokes during the cracking, and they try to find tricks to make their eggs the hardest of all.

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7 thoughts on “The game of cracking the Greek Easter eggs | Tsougrisma

  1. Libby Perez says:

    Loved this article! Thank you so much, it brought lovely memories of my childhood with my Yia Yia and Papou. And the tricks! My Papou.. one year thought he was so funny when he snuck a blood red alabaster egg to the table! Needless to say , we didn’t catch his sneaky ways until the end when he so easily “won”! By the way, we always called this game Chick-Chick! Again, such wonderful memories!

  2. Amalia says:

    Love the article! We do this every Easter and never asked why or how it came about. Everyone (not just old men) enjoys making jokes about the eggs!

  3. Paul D. Maritsas says:

    Sorry there is no “GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER” PASKA belongs to ALL members of the One Holy ,Catholic and Apostolic Church. That includes all of us Orthodox believers, what ever our ethnic background may be. Easter is a Roman Catholic thing that come from celebrating the goddess Esther.

    Our Paska comes from the words pass over and is why we wait for the Jewish Pass Over before we celebrate HIS rising from the tomb.

  4. kritsayvonne says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Red eggs are mentioned briefly in Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa so I thought this information would be good to post as it’s the week running up to Greek Orthodox Easter.

  5. Peter says:

    The red egg is not about the blood of Christ. You may want to ask a clergymen about the miracle performed by Mary Magdalene in front of Ceaser.

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