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Orthodox Easter takes on additional meaning for debt-ridden Greece

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By Euronews
Orthodox Easter takes on additional meaning for debt-ridden Greece

<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has joined worshippers celebrating Orthodox Easter in Athens.</p> <p>Like Orthodox Christians across the world, Greeks are now marking events they believe led to the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ.</p> <p>In a sombre procession, a symbolic tomb of Jesus is carried through the streets, in the shadow of parliament, with the debt-ridden country’s contemporary woes never far away.</p> <p>“We have been through a lot,” one woman told euronews. </p> <p>“This is a symbolic day. If we have faith, we can make it. We must give a chance to our new government,” she added, stressing that <br /> foreign partners must give Greece a chance, too.</p> <p>“I feel that everything will be fine,” she said.</p> <p>But life remains difficult with Greece struggling to emerge from years of recession.</p> <p>Our correspondent in Athens, Apostolos Staikos, said:</p> <p>“At Easter, Orthodox Christians experience great sadness and joy, crucifixion and resurrection. But the economic crisis has added a <br /> new dimension to this religious event. In recent years, the Greeks feel that they have experienced only crucifixion, while waiting for a resurrection that never comes.”</p>