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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Easter is coming, make a Greek Easter at home

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shutterstock 167888564 Easter is coming, make a Greek Easter at home

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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Greek Easter

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Meteora Greek Easter

Easter is the greatest orthodox religious celebration and it is best celebrated in the Greek countryside and in villages, especially if the weather is mild. One of the most traditional Easter celebrations takes place in the village of Kastraki, underneath the monastery complex in the region of Thessaly.

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Traveling the Aegean

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visitgreece7 Traveling the Aegean

Travel the Aegean with advice from Greek philosophers authors and poets

Over the millennia, pottery, precious metals and goods were all exchanged between the Greek mainland, the Cycladic islands, Crete, as well as Egypt, Northern Europe and Asia Minor. Each Greek harbor you visit has been a hub for countless generations of seafarers who, during their travels, exchanged not only their merchandise, but their culture and identity.

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