Easter in Greece

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Highlights of the most important holiday of the year

It is difficult to describe the intense feeling of the Greek Easter. There are socially apparent and publicly displayed alterations of mood (from joyous to sad, from elegiac to ecstatic, from lyrical to plainly enjoying good company and food). There is a 50-day Lent preceding Easter, during the last week of which (the Holy Week) everyday life goes by in tune with the commemoration of the dramatic events described in the Christian scriptures. But that too is varied because of regional customs as well as pre-Christian seasonal ones – celebrating nature’s rebirth and the very date of the Equinox are not accidentally connected with Easter.

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Easter Holy-days in Rethymnon

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 DSC 5969 Easter Holy days in Rethymnon

Holy Monday

At the beginning of the Holy Week, decks of playing cards would be hung from the ceiling of village kafeneia, so as to declare abstinence from entertainment. This might be one of Eastern traditions that is hard to find in modern Crete, but a number of others remain alive –as I was to discover during my week-long journey.

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A great film is on: The Two Faces Of January

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The Greek National Tourism Organisation supports this magnificent, intensely gripping, stylish, clever and visually stunning adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, starring three actors at the top of their game – Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac as well as the premiere that will take place in London at Curzon Mayfair on Tuesday May 13, where all the cast will be present.

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Easter is coming, make a Greek Easter at home

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For many of us in the UK and Western Europe, Easter has become an excuse (as much as Christmas has) to over-indulge – especially in lots chocolatey goodness. Sometimes we seem to have forgotten that there is something a bit less ephemeral and bit more enduring behind those images of bunnies, chicks and chocolate eggs which fill the shops for months before hand. Like that other big Christian holiday a few months ago we celebrate with lots of traditions old and new, often not knowing where they come from or why we celebrate in the way we do.

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Luxury Sailing in Greece: Some Top Destinations

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2 sailing Luxury Sailing in Greece: Some Top Destinations

The Greek islands are the ideal destination for a luxurious sailing holiday, providing beautiful natural landscapes and some of Europe’s most unspoiled beaches. At the same time traditional and classical architectural landmarks are there to be explored, ancient wonders are around just about every corner and the islands’ cosmopolitan towns offer stylish nightlife to suit all tastes.

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