Easter on Paros: Festivities in a spiritual atmosphere
Traditions and custom that you will see the Easter in Paros
Easter 2017 (16th of April)
The traditional Easter customs are uniquely revived on Paros, making the celebration an unforgettable experience.
On Holy Thursday, all churches and monasteries arecelebrated, attracting all the congregation’s attention to the significance of our creator's sacrifice.
Holy Friday begins with Christ's Deposition in an imposing service at St. George in Lagkada, in a wonderful mountain scenery. Later in the day, at noon, the traditional 'revithada' (chickpeas) is offered in the village of Prodromos and the day comes to an end in the evening with reenactments of Christ's Passions and life through a walk during the litany of the Epitaph, retracing in a unique way scenes from Christ's entrance to Jesuralem, the Last Supper, the prayer on the Mount of Olives, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
At the same time in Paroikia, the spiritual element predominates in the litany and the meeting of the Epitaphs from three different churches with everyone following silently.
On Holy Saturday, at midnight, the festive atmosphere in all villages begins with the priests' announcement that "Christ is risen", with bells ringing and fireworks lighting up the sky.
There are, however, several chapels and monasteries thatcelebrate Christ's resurrection in a very spiritual atmosphere, under nothing but the candlelight and the sound of bells, giving the service a truly grandiose atmosphere.
On Easter Sunday, the wonderful smell of roasted meatdominates the island, thus completing the fasting period, giving way to happy drinking and cheering!
At the port of Naoussa, the celebration lasts all day, with all therestaurants sharing the same music and everyone blendingand becoming one group of people, drinking and dancing until late at night. Visitors also get the chance to live the experience of the "Second Resurrection", where firecrackersexplode in the sky during the litany of Virgin Mary's image in Naoussa. In Marpissa, there is the celebration of 'Agapi' (love) and the revival of the custom 'Kounia' (swing).
Festivities don't stop since there is also Easter Monday, withnumerous festivals in all the churches dedicated to St.George in Agkairia, Lagkada and Naoussa, where you can enjoy traditional dance groups performing, lots of cheer, treats, dancing and souma (a local traditional alcoholic drink)!
Do not miss it! It is a once in a lifetime experience; Easter on Paros!