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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 APRIL 2016 17 are held in the city of Corfu at Easter. On Good Wednesday at 8.30 pm, Corfiots fill up the municipal theatre to hear the municipal chorus singing ecclesiastical hymns of the Passion Week. On Maundy Thursday in the Duomo, the Catholic cathedral, 12 candles are lit and put out one at a time after the reading of each of the 12 gospels. On Good Friday young girls decorate the Epitaphs, whose circumambulation begins early in the afternoon accompanied by choruses and bands. The last Epitaph, and most impressive one, the Epitaph of Corfu Cathedral, makes its appearance at 10.00 pm. Listen to the music performed by the Philharmonics of Corfu, which gives an ecstatic dimension to this mournful night … On Easter Saturday at 11.00 am, the first Resurrection is announced. Be prepared to experience a truly unique celebration: ‘Christós Anésti’ is proclaimed against a background of loudly pealing bells and the joyful sounds of the bands as they parade through the streets. People hurl clay pots from windows and balconies which crash noisily on the streets below. At night, attend the Catholic mass of the Resurrection in the Duomo, or the Orthodox Resurrection Service at Páno Platía (Upper Square). Visitors will find themselves surrounded by thousands of lit candles: on balconies, on window-sills or held by others attending the ceremony. The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated at midnight with drum beats and fireworks. During the Passion Week on Patmos, the island where the Apocalypse had been written, visitors are immersed in a deeply spiritual atmosphere. The presence of the Monastery of St John brings about an uninterrupted observance and practice of the preserved early Christian traditions like the washing of the disciples' feet and the re-enactment of the Deposition from the Cross in the Monastery of St John. Let us not forget the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday and the highlight of Easter ceremonies, the 'Liturgy of Love', held on Easter Sunday at 3.00 in the afternoon at the Monastery of St John. Apart from being the Island of Aromas in the north-eastern Aegean, Chios is well known for its magnificent Easter festivities too. On the night of the Holy Saturday, the villagers of Vrontádos are ready to set the night on fire. A rocket war breaks out here, which dates back to the age of the Turkish occupation (15th-19th centuries) and turns this village into a virtual battlefield. During Easter time in Leonidio, devotion and excitement go hand in hand, thanks to the spectacular custom of the balloons that is over a century old. Although its origin is unknown, it is believed that the custom is a revival of a similar one that the seamen of the area had seen practiced in some Asian country. Following the Good Friday procession of the Epitaph around the cobbled lanes of the medieval fortress town of Monemvasia is an unforgettable experience; the faithful join in the procession taking place in the church of Elkomenos Christ holding white candles; Easter hymns echoing around the place create a mystical atmosphere steeped in devoutness and contemplation. On Easter Sunday evening, in the courtyard of Elkomenos Christ Church, you can observe the ancient-old ritual of ‘Judas burning’ reviving: an effigy of Judas made of wood and straw - and filled with explosives - is set on fire. For more information and photos of Greek destinations go to visitgreece.gr Easter rocket war in Chios. Easter in Corfu. Easter in Monemvasia.
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