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Oia – resurrection at midnight in Santorini

It was almost midnight and the marble paved streets of Oia were filled with people….all walking in the same direction. The main church and the square in front of it were filled. The chants and psalms from the church were carried by the light breeze and taken over the dark caldera below.

Just before midnight all lights went out….and the sacred light was passed by the priest to the faithful, who passed it on to each other until everyone held a lit candle. At midnight the resurrection was announced and the celebrations begun. Families and friends kissed and wished each other a Happy Easter while fireworks danced in the breeze. In a while people slowly drifted off for the traditional family dinner….carrying the sacred flame to light the icon oil- lamps at home. Easter in a small village feels very different….



the church bells rang…



the faithful came…



the sacred light was passed to one and all…



friends and families shared the magic moment…



and the home candles were lit for good luck !



but small village or not…the kids still want their easter egg-hunt (look closely) !


Happy Easter to you all from Santorini ;-)


Easter on Santorini.


eastereggs2Photo: kathimerini


Easter is the biggest celebration on the Greek calendar. Every church, every village & community will be decorating and celebrating in their  own unique way. This wouldn’t be an Oia Santorini blog, if we didnt rush around from village to village and capture as many Easter images as possible for you…..now would it?  Do drop in over the weekend to see how Easter is celebrated in Oia and around Santorini.