EASTER IN ATHENS
By THIS IS ATHENS TEAM at 13.Apr
Greek Orthodox Easter is widely celebrated across the country, with deeply rooted customs and centuries-old traditions. The holy week is a period, through which people spiritually “follow” the Passion of Christ till His Resurrection.
The celebrations of the holy week are really attractive all over the country, since there are destinations in Greek islands and villages that offer an overwhelming spiritual atmosphere with sacred rituals that stem from ancient old traditions.
While the islands and villages hold their unique religious festivals, Athens offers a spiritual atmosphere that you will never forget, once you experience the city during Easter.
On Holy Thursday, follow the hymn of Kassiani. Visit St. Nicolas church in the neighborhood of Plaka to experience a mesmerising spiritual experience. A church famous for its bell, closely connected to the Greek independence Day.
On Holy Friday, Plaka neighborhood is most typically filled with locals following through narrow streets, the epitaphs that have been carefully decorated with beautiful flowers by local women. Make sure you find yourself around at 9 to experience one of a kind spiritual experience.
St Katherine’s church (Chairefontos Street, Plaka) is the best place to hear “Eggomia” the Hymns of Holly Friday, be there at around 7.30 the latest. Another church in the same area is Panagia Grigorousa which took its name due to the holly picture that cures very quickly. Finally, Agia Eirini at Agia Eirini square is one of the Athenians favorite for the same evening.
Agioi Anargyroi (Metoxi Aigiou Tafou )church (Anafiotika Plaka) receive first the Holly Fire (Agion Fos) from Jerusalem. Be there at Holly Saturday night at 9 to experience the ceremony of receiving the Holly Fire.
Saint George Lycabetous hill along with Saint Isidorous Lycabetous offer an incredible view to spend the evening of resurrection. Be there around 11 o’clock to enjoy a panoramic view of Athens along with fireworks!
On Sunday, have a traditional meal of roasted Lamb and red eggs, kokoretsi, kontosouvli and other greek Easter delicacies along with good Greek wine or Tsipouro!
1) Agios Nikolaos, Prytaniou 1 Str Plaka
2) Agia Aikaterini, Chairefontos Str Plaka
3) Agia Eirini, Agias Eirinis Square
4) Panagia Grigiorousa, Taxiarchon 1 Str Plaka
5) Russian Church, Souri Str, Syntagma
6) Agios Georgios Lycabetus
7) Agios Isidoros Lycabetus
8) Agioi Anargyroi Metoxi, Erextheos Str, Anafiotika