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During the Easter period, in several Communities of the Municipality of Corfu, important cultural events are organized, which charge the atmosphere overnight. On Good Friday the processions of the Epitaphs take place with the accompaniment of the Philharmonic, while on Holy Saturday the Resurrection Ceremony is traditionally celebrated in the central squares of the villages with the ubiquitous participation of the inhabitants and a large number of visitors.
The procession of the Icon of the Resurrection of each parish takes place on Easter Sunday morning or afternoon during the Vespers of Love or "New Monday".
The Resurrection period ends before the Vespers of the Ascension (Wednesday afternoon), when according to local tradition the parish performs the procession of the Icon of the Resurrection, which is then kept in its permanent place inside the parish Church until the next Resurrection.
Municipal Units Program
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF PARELION
On Good Friday at Sinarades the Epitaph is accompanied by the Sinarades Philharmonic. On Easter Monday (New Monday) litany with the Sinarada Philharmonic Orchestra from the Church of Agios Nikolaos (central church) takes place. Also, on Easter Monday, processions start from the villages of Vatos, Giannades, Kokkini and Pelekas and head respectively to picturesque chapels, with the Divine Liturgy following. A traditional festival takes place the same afternoon in the village of Vatos and in Pelekas with the participation of the dance club. On the Sunday of Thomas there is a litany in Marmaro.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF ACHILLEION
On Lazarus Saturday, from 5 pm onwards, next to the church of Panagia in the centre of Kynopiastes, Vagia is made by the women of the Parish, who perform the folk religious song “Good is the Holy God…” (The Passions of Christ in folk verses).
On Good Friday in Varypatades the custom of bombs is revived. Hundreds of snail shells are filled with oil and cotton, which serves as a wick.
These shells are lit and placed along the path that the Epitaph passes, creating an intensely, all-encompassing atmosphere. The processions of the Epitaphs in Kynopiastes, Chrysida and Gastouri are accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kynopiastes and Gastouri. On Easter Monday (New Monday) the litany in Benitses is accompanied by the Philharmonic and the procession of the Parish of Viros ends by boat at the picturesque Pontikonisi. On the Sunday of Thomas, processions take place in the villages of Kynopiastes, Gastouri and Agioi Deka.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF FAIAKON
On Good Friday, the procession of the Epitaph in Poulades is accompanied by the Korakiana Philharmonic. The Epitaph of Ano Korakiana is accompanied by the Philharmonic and the choir. On Easter Monday, one of the oldest liturgies in the countryside of Corfu takes place in Ano Korakiana, accompanied by the Philharmonic. Also, in Gazatika the litany is accompanied by the Philharmonic. On Easter Tuesday, a procession takes place in Agios Markos, accompanied by the Korakiana Philharmonic. Liturgies are also held on Friday at Zoodochou Pigi in the celebrating church of Kato Korakiana and on the Sunday of Thomas in Sokraki.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF PALEOKASTRITSA
The procession of the Epitaph is foreign in the morning from the Holy Monastery of Paleokastritsa and is directed to the port of Alipa, with the participation of the Philharmonic Union of Liapades, the Philharmonic Union of Laconia and the Choir of the Music Group “The Laconites”. On the night of Good Friday, F.E. Lakonon and the Choir of the Music Club “Oi Lakonites” accompany the procession of the Epitaph by I.N. Agios Nikolaos in the village of Lakones. In Liapades, the procession of the Epitaph by I.N. Agia Anastasia Pharmakolytria is done with the participation of the Choir and the Liapades Philharmonic, while in Skripero it is performed respectively with the participation of the Skripero Philharmonic. On Easter Monday (New Monday) a large procession takes place in Doukades. A procession also takes place in Skripero with the participation of the Skripero Philharmonic and in Makrades with the Laconia Philharmonic, while a traditional festival follows. On New Friday, the festival of the Holy Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos in Paleokastritsa takes place, with the participation of the Choir of the Cultural Association and the Church of Laconia. On the Sunday of Thomas in Krini, the procession is accompanied by the philharmonic and the choir and is followed by a traditional festival in the village square with the participation of the dance “Krini”. The procession of the Epitaph of the Holy Monastery of Paleokastritsa is directed to the port of Alipa.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF THINALION
In the village of Episkepsi, on the eve of Lazarus, the traditional “Carol of Lazarus” is sung. On Good Friday the Epitaph of the Visit is accompanied by a Philharmonic and a choir, while the epitaph of Acharavi is accompanied by the Thinalion Philharmonic. On Easter Monday there are Litanies in the villages of Klimatia and Nymphs. On the Sunday of Thomas a litany takes place and a traditional festival in the village follows.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF AGIOS GEORGIOS
On Easter Tuesday, a procession takes place in the Ice with the accompaniment of a philharmonic orchestra. This is followed (in the afternoon) by a traditional festival.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF ESPERION
On Good Friday in the villages of Avliotes, Karousades and Sidari the procession of the Epitaph takes place with the accompaniment of philharmonic orchestras. On Easter Monday, a procession is held in Peroulades, Kyprianades and Karousades accompanied by a philharmonic. In the villages of Avliotes and Magoulades there are liturgies on Easter Tuesday and a traditional festival follows (in the afternoon). In the village of Kavallouri a litany is held on Easter Friday (of Zoodochos Pigi) and a traditional festival follows. On the Sunday of Thomas in Sidari, the icon of “Palpation” is liturgized with the participation of philharmonic orchestras and choirs, followed by a traditional festival. Litany and festival also takes place in the village of Valanio.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF KASSOPAION
On Good Friday, there is a procession of the epitaph and the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary by I.N. of Panagia Kassopitra.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF KOROSSION
On New Friday, the Icon of the Resurrection is liturgized in Marathias. On the Sunday of Thomas there is a litany in Argyrades. Litany is held on Easter Tuesday in the village of Avliotes. Circulation of the Resurrection Icon in the Round.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF MELITEIEON
In Ag. Mathaios the Epitaph Procession is accompanied by the Philharmonic. Litany also takes place on Easter Monday. A procession of the Resurrection Icon takes place on the Sunday of Thomas in Vouniatades, Agios Mattheos and Strongyli.
MUNICIPAL UNIT OF LEFKIMMAION
On Good Friday Procession of Epitaphs in the settlements of Kavos, Melikia, Potami, Ag. Theodoron and Panagia Lefkimmi takes place with the participation of the Lefkimmi Philharmonic Society (FEL). Also, a procession of the Epitaphs in the settlements of Riglades and Anaplades occurs with the participation of the Music Artistic Association of Lefkimmi (MKEL), the Lefkimmi Choir and the Lefkimmi Dance Association “FAETHON”.
Representation of the custom “First Resurrection” by throwing the “botides” by the Lefkimmi Dance Association “FAETHON”, the Lefkimmi Choir and with the participation of the Music Artistic Association of Lefkimmi (MKEL), in the church square of Agios Arsenios.
Easter Monday (New Monday)
10.30 Litany along the central mast of Lefkimmi (start Melikia, River, Ag. Theodori and Panagia) with the participation of the Philharmonic Lefkimmi Company (FEL).
Prayer on the river bridge.
11:00 Litany along the villages of Riglades and Anaplades with the participation of the Music Artistic Association of Lefkimmi (MKEL). Litany is also held in Vitalades. New Friday (Zoodochou Pigis) Litany in Cretan.