Χριστός ἀνέστη! [101/365]

The Sunday before last I got some awesome chocolate for Easter:

Easter Sunday
Although these were laid out on the table, we did not have them for dinner. We had a roast joint, as indeed suggested in this image by my father pouring wine and mother handling potatoes in the background!

How might you say an Easter greeting in Japanese?

One possible way could be:

イースターおめでとう
“īsutā omedetō”
Happy Easter!

That works fine, like most generic “omedetō” sentences for celebrations…but could there be another?

When I asked my father for the Russian, he told me:

Христос воскресе!
Christ has risen!

To which is typically replied:

Воистину воскресе!
He has risen indeed!

Dad's Note
Dad’s handwriting is pretty cool!

I had meant to post here about Easter nearer the time that I celebrated, and to include this picture of the cake my mother gave me:

Easter Cake 2019

However, I was quite busy and the window shut on me!

BUT…a couple of my Greek students mentioned that this year they celebrate one week later (orthodox calendar…?) so I felt OK about posting now, somewhat delayed from when I got my cake and chocolate eggs.

In Greek the greetings are similar to the Russian:

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!
Christ has risen!

Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
He has risen indeed!

Ioanna's Note
My student’s handwriting is very clear!

This style of Easter greeting is called the Paschal Greeting – or Easter Acclamation – and in fact there exists a Japanese version too:

ハリストス復活!
(ハリストス ふっかつ!)
“harisutosu fukkatsu!”
Christ has risen!

実に復活!
(じつ に ふっかつ!)
“jitsu ni fukkatsu!”
He has risen indeed!


Although it is a bit past Easter, I really wanted to post about this and…in fact…I am still finishing my Easter chocolate XD

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