Four simple steps to discover the magic of Greek Easter! If you missed STEP 1 click here.
STEP 2: Holy (Good) Friday – Your Athens Walking Tour starts an hour later on Good Friday: This, gives you enough time to go to the church and kowtow the holy Epitaph. They say, that this way one is blessed with good health, throughout the year.
While touring the Acropolis and the lovely Agora with your knowledgeable guide, take a few minutes to look around you: Spring is here! The Earth is dressed up with colourful flowers and blushes here and there from the blooming poppies. There is this significant smell in the air. It is the smell of Easter!
On Holy Friday you should avoid meat at lunch or dinner. A little diet never harmed anyone and apart from this, you will enjoy your Sunday meal much more. So, have an Ouzo with some of the Greek starters you already know from previous day’s Cooking Lesson or some Lenten cookies, which you will find in abundance in the local bakeries.
In the evening, take the special long candles – sold also outside the church – or paper lanterns and join the crowds following the Epitaph in a really devout and peaceful mood.
Hundreds of candles, hundreds of people following the majestic Epitaph procession. Leaders are boys holding the “Cherubims” and the cross and sometimes girls, dressed in white, spreading rose petals for the carriers of the Epitaph to step on. The choir singing “Ai yennaie passe” (All Generations) widely known as “Oh glyky mou Ear” (oh beloved springtime).
As there are so many churches in Athens, it often happens that the Epitaphs meet in crossroads and this is also a very interesting sight.