Great Thursday is the day of the Holy Communion.
Great Thursday is very popular among the Christians. During Last Supper, Jesus Christ gave food and drinks to his students as a form of communion. Holy Communion in Orthodox Church is made of bread and wine and represents the one of the Last Supper.
On morning service, the amount of people who receive Holy Communion is the biggest you can see. It is a great blessing and even people who do it less often can be met at church this morning. Depending on where you live, the menu consists of something different today. For example, if you visit Northern Greece, you will eat artichokes with your meal. One thing that is common all around Greece is that we must eat something that contains vinegar. Since we are on Crete, traditionally we eat stuffed vegetables or stuffed vine leaves and snails. The Cretan recipe “boubouristoi” includes snails that are fried in a vinegar and rosemary sauce.