Greek Orthodox Easter 05th MAY 2013
Easter in Corfu
Easter in Corfu is unique. It has a mixture of East and West and of ecclesiastical, civic and military pomp which gives it a strongly individual flavour.
The splendour of the occasion is increased by the fact that Easter in the Orthodox countries often falls later than in the West and the brilliant sunshine
and the new green of the trees give the ceremonies a natural framework of great beauty. To this Spring scene are added the handsome Venetian and Georgian
buildings of the town. For Corfu was occupied by the Venetians for 400 years and under British Protectorate for 50 years when it was the capital of the small Ionian state.
Easter in Kassiopi
The church of Kassiopi, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the second most ancient church on the island of Corfu, is the starting point of the holy procession on Good Friday at around 20:00. A large crowd follows behind the procession of the miraculous icon as it is carried around the village accompanied by the local choir.
At the traditional and amphitheatrically set harbour of Kassiopi, at precisely midnight on Good Saturday, the local priest followed by his congregation will call out “Christos Anesti” (Christ has risen) giving the signal for fireworks to shoot up from the Castle of Kassiopi and the harbour piers, lighting up the night sky with a reddish shade.
Following the Easter festivities, the party goes on with lots of music and dancing all the way through the night at the local bars and restaurants, where the locals and visitors will gather to wish each other well.
Easter Sunday is not a day to rest, but to… eat!
After 40 days of fasting, families & friends will get together either at home roasting the Easter lamb or in restaurants, devouring all that their bellies relish. Traditional food includes the avgolemono (lemon soup with rice & egg white froth), lamb & lamb intestines roasted on the spit, hard boiled eggs coloured red, sweet bread and lots and lots of wine… or beer.
Then, don’t be mislead into believing it’s all over, since on the evening of Easter Monday at about 18:00 in Kassiopi, there is one more procession to add to your program.