Easter in Crete

Nothing like it!

Easter bonfire Crete

Nowhere in the world is the Easter week experienced as intense as in Crete. Nature is at her best during this period and the Easter activities  and traditions are unique.

From the Monday before Easter every day is called “big” here: “Big Monday”, etc. On all these “big” days it is fun to go look in the villages at the preparations for the Easter festivities. There is a lot of activity.

Almost all villages make an Easter bonfire, which is lit on the Big Saturday. The young people are busy all week to collect wood. In one village the stake is even higher than in the other. Often there is a sort of rivalry between the villages which one will have the largest fire.

During this week a lot of fireworks are lit already during the collection of the wood. During the preparations of Easter, it is worth it to just go and sit at a market square. Old Greek women will walk by with bread that they make at home. Their own Easter bread is then baked in the oven of the local bakery.

Eggs are painted red everywhere, and sometimes that will happen the old fashioned way, so that the eggs after just as red on the inside after two days!

On Good Friday, “Big” Friday, everyone goes to church in the evening. From the church the priest will walk in front and behind him a symbolic tomb of Christ is carried by young men.

Book this excellent holiday villa in Rethymno area and enjoy the orthodox Easter.

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