Greek Easter

Greek Easter

Easter in Corfu is a unique experience, different from the rest of Greece. It’s a joyous celebration animated by bands, food, lights, colors, celebrations and fellowship in religious rites. The population of Corfu is in the majority of Christian Orthodox faith, but there is also a 4% of Catholic. In ancient times it happened to attend the celebration of two Easters, but since 1964 Orthodoxs and Catholics celebrate together the Passover rite, after a bishop asked and obtained permission from the Holy See. The events come to life in the heart of the city and spread out in the villages. Easter in Corfu is the most majestic of all Greece. The intensity with which the inhabitants of Corfu live the Divine Passion of Holy Week is manifested in local customs and traditions. For this reason, during Easter, Island is invaded by visitors. On Palm Sunday, there is the litany of Saint Spyridon and the relic is brought, accompanied by the Philharmonic, across Corfu Town’s streets. On Friday the execution of Metropolis’s Epitaffio takes place,at 10 pm it comes from a cave  to a purple colored atmosphere. On Holy Saturday at 6 o’clock in the morning, in the church of Virgin Mary of Foreigners, the faithfuls beat their benches to represent the earthquake that followed the Resurrection of the Lord.  At 11 am, in the Upper Square, people throw from their balconies  jugs filled with wine or water, so a lot of noise is created as soon as the items touch the ground. At Pinta, the old commercial center of the city, the custom of “mastelas” revived: a barrel with water is adorned and filled with coins from passers-by. During the First Resurrection, someone is thrown in and collecting coins. In the evening, when all the faithfuls are gathered in Ano square, the divine procession take place and multicolored fireworks decorate the sky. Easter Tuesday is the day of “mpasmata” or the repose of St. Spyridon in the urn. It’s a more than suggestive occasion to visit this wonderful island.