Easter at Folegandros
EASTER at Folegandros
On Easter Sunday, Folegandros is blooming and all the houses are open: they are waiting for the blessing of the icon of the Virgin Mary.
Easter is celebrated here in a completely unique way, not found anywhere else in Greece: In an atmosphere of joy, with songs, good wishes, festivities and fireworks, every house on the island welcomes the procession with the icon of the Panagia, and wine, raki, sweets and delicacies are offered to all the people accompanying the procession.
On Easter Sunday, the icon passes through Hora and the streets of Kastro, where the island’s youngsters welcome the icon with bursts of fireworks.
On Monday the icon travels to Ano Meria and all the solitary farmhouses.
On Tuesday it heads for Petoussis and Livadi, ending up in Karavostassis; in the port, all the caiques, boats and yachts moored there are blessed along with all the homes. In the evening, the icon returns to the Panagia monastery, where it remains until the following Easter.