Easter's one of my favourite times of year! My Grandma Nou Nou and my Papou (Grandad) travel all the way from Greece to spend the holiday with us. Grandma Nou Nou always brings a bag full of chocolate Easter eggs. Mum always tells Grandma Nou Nou that she makes too much fuss over me. Grandma Nou Nou just ignores her and tells Mum that I'm her ‘little ray of sunshine'. I don't really know what that means, but I do know it means I get lots of treats when my Grandma Nou Nou's here!
On the Saturday before Easter I get to stay up until Midnight! It's so cool. My whole family go to a special church service really late at night. Just before midnight, all the lights go out in the church. This is to make everyone remember when Jesus died. It always makes me feel sad when it suddenly gets dark in the church.
...But then, our priest comes from behind the church doors, carrying a candle. He walks to someone sitting in the front row and lights their candle. Then, this person lights someone else's candle, and this person lights someone else's candle...until the church is filled with light from all the candles! I got to hold a candle too! It looked so beautiful.
When I saw all the candles the sad feeling I had disappeared. We light candles because we believe that Jesus has risen from the dead and lights up the world with His love. Everybody sings and kisses each other and looks so happy. Do you go to church at Easter? Not everyone is Christian. My friend Mitali is Hindu. He doesn't celebrate Easter. Do you celebrate any other festivals? Send me a message about them!
Once Easter is over, the next big thing to look forward to is the Olympic and Paralympic Games! Papou asked me to guess when the Olympic Games started. I guessed about 100 years ago. That was the biggest number I could think of. Papou said that they are actually over 2,700 years old! Guess where they began? In a place called Olympia in Ancient Greece! In those days, only men from Greece could take part, not women, and there weren't any Paralympics, or tennis! Thankfully a lot has changed since then.
Papou said that the Olympic Games are part of my heritage. This means that they are special to me because I am half Greek. I understand what he means, but I think that the Olympics are part of everyone's heritage, because they belong to the whole world.
Is there something that is part of your heritage that's important to you?
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