Greek Easter candles become elaborate affairs

ATHENS, Greece (NBC/RTV) — Greeks have been out buying traditional candles known as Lambades.

Lambades were once simple candles, but over time, they have evolved into elaborate affairs. The candles are wrapped in anything from candy to toys — or a bit of everything.

To mark the resurrection of Christ, a flame is taken from the tomb of Jesus in the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The flame is then distributed around the world and passed on by priests to the congregations.

Parishioners light their Lambades from the flame and then use it to bless their homes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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