Easter in Greece is customarily a deeply reverential time, and the celebrations observed in Santorini could not be an exception. Throughout the Holy Week, churches all around the island are filled with parishioners and visitors from around the world, participating in customs and traditions that have remained unchanged through generations. Pyrgos Village attracts an impressive number of visitors annually during this time, as Easter in Pyrgos Santorini is an evocative experience worth living, at least once in a lifetime!
The Holy Week of Easter in Pyrgos begins on Palm Sunday, where little crosses made of palm fronds handmade by women of the village are handed out after the church’s liturgy. Holy Wednesday is the day of the ‘Efheleo’, when the service of light and the reading of the gospels is reverently followed by the people bringing a pinch of flour and a drop of oil back home with them, as a blessing for their home. But, without a doubt, Easter in Pyrgos, Santorini offers an evocative experience on Holy Friday, when the Epitaph procession that takes place in the village is perhaps the most impressive and reverential not just in Santorini, but throughout the entire country. What makes Holy Friday in Pyrgos so special is the customary tradition of the locals to illuminate the entire village with small metal cans set on fire, arrayed on every wall, window and ledge around the streets of Pyrgos. This results in a magnificent sight, with the entire village looking from afar like it is rimmed with candlelight.
This once-in-a-lifetime sight and the evocative experience that is Easter in Pyrgos, Santorini, is highly recommended to all visitors who happen to stay on the island during that day, and it is one of inevitable awe, simply due to the sheer magnificence of the village’s luminous ambience. Ask the Apikia concierge for more details on how to best enjoy this experience, as well as all other aspects of the holy week, and discover the unique sensations that come with sharing Easter in Pyrgos, Santorini, an evocative experience. As for your traditional meals of Easter, in Pyrgos Restaurant we create special menus to celebrate like an islander.
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