Greek Easter candles become elaborate affairs

The candles are wrapped in anything from candy to toys -- or a bit of everything (NBC/RTV)
The candles are wrapped in anything from candy to toys -- or a bit of everything (NBC/RTV)

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.

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