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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.