Greek Easter Sunday |
Pascha, as Easter is called in Greece, is the principal feast of the Orthodox Church. In Crete, as in the rest of Greece, it is a very festive occasion. For the foreign visitor it is a completely new experience.
On Easter Sunday the afternoon service of Love is performed at noon. The gospel is read in many languages at the church. This is a symbol that expresses the fact that the message of Christ's resurrection transmits its redemptive power to all the people of the world.
Afterwards the icon of the resurrection is taken out of the church and there follows the Kiss of Love among the faithful.
One of the customs of Easter is the roasting of the lamb on the spit. This custom was passed to the Christians by the Judeans.
Around the spitted lambs the people eat, drink, sing, dance and wish each other a long life.
The traditional sweets of Easter are the so called ¨tsourekia¨, the ¨Easter bread¨ and the ¨kalitsounia¨. These abound in all the houses and pastry shops during Easter.
We are delighted to inform you that we are offering a special program for the Easter Sunday. We offer the following for you to sell to your clients as a special excursion.
11:00 Arrival of the guests at the village and welcome at the raki distillery with appetizers.
Guests will then have time for a pleasant walk through the surrounding countryside and village.
Local people will offer the guests Cretan Easter sweets (Kalitsounia, Tsourekia) and red eggs will be given to break against those of their neighbors.
At this time lambs will be roasting on outdoors spits as Cretan musicians play in the background.
13:00 Guests are asked to be seated to begin enjoying a large traditional Easter Sunday meal. Live Greek music and dancing show as guests dine. Between the service of each plate guests will be thought how to dance local dances.