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.

yachtsEaster in Hydra

The island of Hydra is especially known for its Easter celebrations. During Holy Week, the island swells with people who come to absorb the unique nature of a holiday celebrated in the village's narrow alleyways and across the sweep of its two tiny ports, without motor vehicles of any sort.

All of Hydra's processions wind through the village and along the seashore, but perhaps the most famous aspect of Easter in Hydra is the Good Friday procession of the epitaphios, when the flower-festooned bier of Christ is held aloft by the town's young men and processes through the fishing village of Kamini, down the coast, and into the sea. The arcing port of Kamini fills with people holding flickering candles. Both the flames and the epitaphios are reflected in the port's night-time waters. In fact, Greek television crews usually broadcast this one-of-a-kind rite throughout the country.


Easter Week Festivities


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