Best Places to Celebrate Pascha (Easter) in Greece
Easter, referred to as Pascha in Greek, is a big celebration throughout Greece. The events that surround Easter are the very foundation of Christianity. It is during this time when Orthodox Christians throughout the world celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. As a result, Greeks take Pascha very seriously and celebrations begin at midnight on Easter Sunday and last into the night.
For those who live elsewhere, Greece is a wonderful Easter destination. If you aren’t Orthodox Christian, however, and you want to visit one of these sites during Easter, remember that the Eastern Christian and Western Christian Easters don’t always fall on the same day. Also, if you are able, arrive in Greece in time for Palm Sunday and take part in as many of the Holy Week services as you can.
Are you looking to celebrate Easter in Greece? Here’s some advice on where to go:
The island of Crete comes alive during Easter. The island is unique because while there are several large cities on the island, there is also a heavy rural presence. There are plenty of monasteries and convents scattered throughout Greece. However, celebrating Easter on Crete is also very social. Even if you don’t know people who live there, the bars and restaurants always have plenty of people. Since Cretans love to socialize, there are opportunities for everyone to celebrate, regardless if you have family there or not.
Not only is Patmos the home of some of Greece’s best beaches, it is also where the Book of Revelations was written. Holy Week, in particular, is a special time on this island. Because of the Monastery of St. John, the site where John wrote Revelations, Holy Week and Pascha are observed with a zest that attracts Christian pilgrims from all over the world. When not in church, spend some time taking in the breathtaking natural scenery that Patmos has to offer.
Spending Easter in the capital of Greece is also a treat. Since many people observe the holiday on the islands, the city is blissfully quiet. In observance of the holiday, people don’t work. They also have Holy Monday off. The downside is that if you want to see some of the historic sites in Athens, such as the Parthenon, you’ll have to wait until things open again.
If you have family in Greece, often celebrating Easter with your family can be a great time. We touched on some of the best places in Greece to celebrate Easter, it can be a special experience to celebrate with your family in your small village as well!
This post was written by Greek Boston