What Does Kalo Pascha Mean?

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Each year, Greeks all over the world prepare to celebrate Easter, which is one of the biggest holidays in the country. Although Easter is celebrated by Christians worldwide, it is taken to a different level in Greece. Families gather to eat a feast and the celebrations often last for hours! In some parts of Greece, they even light off fireworks, as people take to the streets to enjoy the day.

Besides the fact that it is a religious holiday, there are also plenty of traditions associated with it. Many of these traditions include the food, but there are also things that we say in Greek during Easter. One of these is the phrase, “Kalo Pascha”. What does this phrase really mean? Here’s more information:

What Does “Kalo Pascha” Mean?

Simply put, Kalo Pascha means “Happy Easter.” Literally translated, it means “Good Easter” but the accurate translate from Greek to English is that it means “Happy Easter.” Kalo is the Greek word for Good and Pascha is the Greek word for Easter. It is written out in Greek like this: Καλό Πάσχα. Pay attention to where the accented syllables are so that you can know how to pronounce it properly.

Other Greek Vocabulary Words During Easter

Are you wondering what other Greek words you can be saying during Easter? Here are some options:

Χριστός Ανέστη – Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen

This is said after the midnight church service early on Easter morning. Instead of saying “Happy Easter” Greeks most often say Christos Anesti as a greeting.

Άλιθος Ανέστη – Alithos Anesti – Truly He is Risen

When someone stays “Christos Anesti” to you, you respond by saying “Alithos Anesti”, or Truly He is Risen. This is the official response to the greeting.

Καλή Ανάσταση – Kali Anastasi – Happy Easter

Literally translated, this phrase means “Good Resurrection.” However, it, like Kalo Pascha, also means Happy Easter.

Now that Easter is upon us, it is time to learn some important Greek words or phrases! Just wait until Easter Day before you start saying any of these. If you have any questions, ask your questions to a priest of a qualified Greek language teacher.

The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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