Easter is the most important celebration of the year. Second I would put 15th August (marking the 'falling asleep' of the Virgin Mary) and Christmas a lowly third, or even fourth. New Years is celebrated more than Christmas and St Basil brings the children their presents on 1st January not St Nick on 25th December.
So begins 'Great week' leading up to Easter Sunday in the greek orthodox church.
There is a church service every evening relating to the last week in Christ's life
Most housewives are spring cleaning this week. Me too, a little. All this in preparation for the Sunday easter feasting and the visit of my nephew and neice coming over for 'The Greek Easter Experience'
In our old house, when we were younger and more eager we would whitewash the walls and the edges of the road around the house. I don't think many people whitewash any more though municipal workers usually whitewash all the flights of steps in the town.