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In Syros, Easter is the most important holiday of the year

Across Greece, every island has its own quirks, local traditions and unique selling points

  • April 08, 2018 14:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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In Syros, the capital of the Cyclades, Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter side-by-side, in a show of unity and mutual respect. On Good Friday, head to the Monastery of Aghia Varvara near Kini. Here the Epitaphios emerges much earlier, at about 17.00, and the procession moves along paths through the countryside. If you want to take in the rite in town, head to the main square in front of the grand town hall where all of the Orthodox Epitaphios processions converge.

On the evening of Holy Saturday head up the hill to the church of Anastasis tou Christou from where you will have a fantastic view of Ermoupoli and the fireworks. Alternatively, if you prefer Catholic church, again with a view of Ermoupoli you can visit Aghios Georgios in Ano Syros. On Easter Sunday the Burning of Judas is observed at the Church of the Koimiseos tis Theotokou following Agape Vespers, a special evening service where the Gospel is read in as many languages as possible.

Source: Greece Is