Kaló Pásxa - HAPPY EASTER!

The Greek Islands offer a springtime rich in beauty, bounty, and tradition. In Paros, aromas of lavender and rosemary intermingle and carpets of wildflowers decorate verdant hills. A feeling of rejuvenation overtakes the country as everyone prepares for Easter, by far the biggest holiday in Greece, and celebrated in a beautifully unique way. 

Every city, village, and church takes part in Easter ceremonies rich in both pageantry and piety.

Easter week, or Holy Week, is marked by different events each day leading up to Easter Saturday and Sunday. Some of the most remarkable celebrations are the procession of the flower-decorated epitaphios (bier of Christ) on Good Friday and the Resurrection Mass on Saturday night. Easter Sunday is the day for celebration and the breaking of the Lenten fast with lamb roasts and jubilation.

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The myriad churches across Paros each offer unique celebrations of the Easter rites.

One of the highlights of Holy Week is to take a tour of the flower-decorated epitaphios lying in state in each church. This is normally done during the day on Good Friday. From the small chapel of Iera Moni tou Christou tou Dasous (Holy Church of Christ of the Forest) to the exceptional Byzantine cathedral of Panagia Ekatondapiliani (Our Lady of One Hundred Doors), you see these impressive handmade expressions of devotion and observe the constant stream of devotees coming to pay their respects.

Choose any church to attend the Saturday Midnight resurrection mass; you will not soon forget the magic of experiencing this unique ritual first hand.

Easter Week Festivities


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