Orthodox Easter

The Easter of Corfu is famous in all Greece because there is a big festival in the old city with music, dances, banquets and naturally religious celebrations.
In Corfu Catholics and orthodox celebrate the Easter together since 1964, when the catholic bishop of Corfu demanded it and got a positive response by the Holy See.
Below there are the most important days of the paschal period with all that happens on the island and particularly in the old town.

Palm Sunday
It is one of the days dedicated to the Saint patron of the island.
In memory of the miraculous actions that saved Corfu and its inhabitants from the plague, his relics are carried along the streets of the city starting from the church of Saint Spyridonas and following the line where once there were the walls of the city.

Holy Wednesday
Since 1989, on Holy Wednesday, there is the concert of the Communal Chorus in the theatre of the city.
Obviously there is ecclesiastic music to create a moment of union for the community.

Holy Thursday
In the Catholic Cathedral of the old town there is a reading of the Gospels during which the twelve candles that were lit at the beginning of the service are put out one by one.

Holy Friday
Music is everywhere because it's played by the bands during the processions that leave from every church of the island.
The aim of the processions is to carry the Epitaph of own parish along the roads of the quarter, all that accompanied by the music of the bands.
So it's possible to listen along the roads of Corfu the Adagio of Albinoni, the Funeral March of Verdi and that of Chopin.
The processions do not begin all at the same time, indeed they are distributed along the afternoon and the evening in order to allow the several bands of the city to attend more processions; the first one start from the new fortress and the last one from the Mitropolis.

Holy Saturday
This day is rich of events:
- in the morning, in the Church of Our Lady of Strangers, there is the reproduction of the earthquake that followed the resurrection of Christ
- the procession of Saint Spyridonas that starts from the homonymous church
- the celebration of Resurrection
- the ritual of "Botides" that consist of throwing from the windows earthenware jugs full of water.
In the evening there are the church services, first the catholic and then the orthodox one that takes place not inside the church but outside.
When the Pope announces the God resurrection everybody lights own candle and suddenly the Spianada lights up.
At the end of the ceremony there are the fireworks and the bands play walking for the roads of the city while all the inhabitants celebrate finishing the fast with sweets and wine.

Sunday and Easter Monday
Sunday morning, in the old town, there are still processions with the icon of the Christ resurrection, while Monday they bring in procession the standard and the cross of own church.
Finally everybody celebrates with own family having a lunch with meat, lamb on a spit and "avgolemono" soup.