Streets of Athens Empty on Orthodox Easter Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
The streets of Athens were almost empty for Orthodox Easter, Sunday, April 19, as the country remains in coronavirus lockdown during the the biggest event of the Orthodox religion calendar.
READ MORE: For Orthodox Christians, this is normally a time of reflection and mourning followed by joyful release, of centuries-old ceremonies steeped in symbolism and tradition.
But this year, Easter — by far the most significant religious holiday for the world's roughly 300 million Orthodox — has essentially been canceled.
As the coronavirus rampages around the globe, claiming tens of thousands of lives, governments have imposed lockdowns in a desperate bid to halt the pandemic. Businesses have been closed and church doors shut to prevent the virus's insidious spread.