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Easter in Corfu 2017

True, it is not always possible to take a holiday when you want it.It is also true, however, that the best time to be on Corfu Island is during the springtime.You can enjoy the sunshine while strolling around Old Town and get ready to be mesmerized by the beautiful colors of the blossomed flowers.

Santos Holiday Apartments & Studios are located in a superb area called Dassia, one of the most famous areas on the island. The capital city of Corfu, as well as the airport and the port, are about 12 kilometers away in addition to its easy access to Corfu town it makes Dassia a unique place. Santos Apartments & Studios is ideal for families and couples, suitable for 2, 3, 4 or even 5 people. Feel free to visit Santos Apartments & Studios and choose the one that meets your needs.

Easter is the biggest festival of Orthodoxy and Corfiots are always looking forward to the Easter celebration as it is the time of the year that they come closer to their families and closer to God. It is the time of the year where Corfu as a beautiful bride is getting ready to meet the groom and looks more spectacular than ever. It is the time of the year where colorful flowers, music, and happy faces will be all around you all day around.

Each day of the Easter week includes a different custom.

 

On Palm Sunday

At 11 am the Holy body of Saint Spyridon – patron Saint of Corfu is taken into litany in the Old Town of Corfu. This custom started in 1630 when the island was relieved from the plague which has caused the lives of many Corfiots. All 15 bands accompany the litany. The special dish of this day is stockfish or haddock with garlic tasting mash potatoes.

On Good Monday

This is the day where the smell of fogatsa submerges all Corfu. Fogatsa is a kind of brioche decorated with a red egg and Corfiots also make mandolato.

On Good Tuesday

In the afternoon of Good, Tuesday Corfiots attend the church session where the story of Mary Magdalene is being told.

On Good Wednesday

People gather at the church in order to attend the Holy Unction.

On Good Thursday

On Good Thursday Corfu is doing its last preparations for the celebration of Easter. People gather at the churches to experience with great respect the drama of Jesus, his Crucification. Also, the Philharmonic bands are doing their last-minute rehearsals in order to be ready for the litany.

On Good Friday

On Good Friday early in the afternoon, the processions of a representation of dead Jesus (epitaph) begin, based on a strict programme which derives from old protocols.

More and more processions come out as time passes by and eventually meet at various points of the town. The procession opens with the Cross and the cherubims and right after comes to the choir singing honorable psalms to Jesus Crist.

Schools, boy scouts, and young girls, holding baskets of flowers accompany the epitaph processions. The last and most imposing procession starts late in the evening, the one of the Cathedral where all the priests of the town participate, as well as three philharmonic bands. The Philharmonic band of Corfu plays the “Adagio” by Albinoni , the blue Mantzaros Philharmonic band plays the ” Marcia Funebre ” (a mourning march) by Verdi, and the red Kapodistrias band plays the mourning ” Suentura ” (loss, damage)

On Saturday

Saturday starts with another procession of the holy body of Saint Spyridon originated in 1550, when the Saint saved the island from hunger and it is again accompanied by the famous philharmonic bands of the island. At the same time, the procession of the Epitaph of the church of Saint Spyridon takes place, a custom which originates from the Venetian era. The Philharmonic bands play Calde Lacrime by Michelli , Hamletby Faccio, and Marcia Funebre from Beethoven at Heroica.

At 11 o’clock just, the cheery sound of the deafening bells announce the “morning Resurrection” and this is when another custom takes place. The Corfiots throw ceramic pots off their windows and balconies in order to banish the Devil and cleanse the houses in preparation for the resurrection. The best place to witness this is at the Liston Square where people gather in order to experience this custom which is widely known and it brings people from many parts of the world.

As midnight approaches on Saturday night, tens of thousands of people gather in Corfu’s huge and magnificent main square, holding their unlit candles. When the Bishop of Corfu announces “Christos Anesti” (Christ Has Risen), a magical wave of candlelight starts spreading out from the bandstand, where he stands, as each reveller lights their own candle from their neighbour until thousands of twinkling flames illuminate the joyous faces and the fireworks explode from the top of the Byzantine Fortress above the crowd. This is accompanied by fireworks and flares which contribute to the festive atmosphere.

On Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday begins with the procession of the icon of Resurrection around Corfu town and the villages, followed by the festive meal. The smell of Lambs on the spit will not go unnoticed. Red eggs, sweet wine and mostly singing, music and dancing complete the cheerful atmosphere of the day.

Santos Apartments & Studios Wish you all Happy Easter and may these Holy days bless your hearts and families.

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