Greek Easter's Saturday Night |
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 Holy Saturday night the lights in the church are turned off and them the priest appears at the Royal Door and gives the holy light to the faithful who are holding white candles.
The people take the holy light to their houses and make a cross on the top of their house doors.
A little before midnight the priests, carrying the Icon of resurrection, with the people go from the church of the holy trinity to the central square where the service of resurrection takes place.
Everyone expresses their happiness by exchanging the Kiss of Love and greetings such as ¨Christ is risen¨ and Truly He is risen¨.
After the church service of the resurrection everyone returns home. A traditional resurrection dinner is served. This traditional dish is called Magiritsa (a soup made of innards and aromatic herbs).
18:00 - 19:50 Arrival of the guests at the Traditional Village.
20:00 Start of the Greek night show and service of an Easter Saturday meal.
- Welcome at the entrance of the village.
- Taking of memorial photos.
- Taste of raki (local spirit) as it is produced direct from the distillery.
- Tour of the guests in the special formed places of the village where they can see several exhibits but also to take part in the different events of the Cretan village.
22:30 End of the program.
23:00 The guests are guided to the village church to watch how Greek people spend the Easter Saturday.
Outside the church they are supplied with Easter candles, Cretan Easter sweets (Kalitsounia, Tsourekia) and red eggs.
24:00 A big celebration starts with the real burning of Judas, lots of fireworks by the local people and the cracking of the eggs.
01:00 Departure of the coaches.