Easter in Greece
Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion by Romans. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
In every corner of the country, the faithful receive the Easter season with special reverence and deep emotion . However, there are areas that stand out for the specificity of the local customs , having thus established perfectly in our consciousness as a very popular Easter destinations . Let us know the traditions of some of them:
The most atmospheric and melodic Easter in Greece . It is worth the experience even once. The bands give special color to the procession of the epitaph and the Resurrection . Great . Thursday bands make the last rehearsals in Piazza pinions, while later in the Duomo , the Catholic Cathedral Square Hall , rituals read the 12 Gospels. On Great Friday prepare to spend the whole day in the Old City . At 11 am starts the celebration of St. Spyridon under the sounds of the church organ until 11pm that parading the Epitaph of Metropolis , made dozens of processions , always accompanied by the bands that are playing funeral marches.
At sacred island of Apocalypse, Easter is celebrated with great solemnity and pomp . Guests have the opportunity to attend all functions of Holy Week in the chapel of St. John , built in the cave – hermitage of the Evangelist. The most typical of the old habits are revived every year on Patmos is the ceremony of the Basin and the representation of the Last Supper.
On Great Friday, at the monastery of St . John, take place the representation of the Deposition . That evening all the epitaphs make procession the streets of the island and meet at the squares of Chora and Skala. The Resurrection is at the monastery . On Easter day, the Gospel is read in seven languages on the functioning of Love.
The famous custom of the rocket war Vrontado , which has its roots in the Ottoman Empire , giving particular tone in Chian Easter . Locals even go up to the church of St. Makarios the Epos mountain to enjoy the spectacle from above, over the captain and orchards Vrontadou.
Much interest has been the custom of burning Judas the night of Easter in Mesta, which can and contribute picking up the morning of M . Saturday wood for the Paschal lamp.
One of the most impressive traditions is the procession of Catholic and Orthodox Epitaph , who meet the platform of the country. then the Epitaph of St. Nicholas which believers hold, enters the sea with torches and flaming cross. Although the people who monitor the functioning of the Resurrection in the church of the Virgin in the country is too much, the atmosphere is unique, while adorned statues in Catholic churches is simply fixatives.