Corfu island, is a place of festivals and colorful celebration
The Easter in Corfu Island.
Corfu island, the diamond of the Ionian Sea, surrounded by several small and inhabited islands and by few islands full of tourism during the summer season, but in the winter, Corfu island is full of festivals and colorful celebrations.
While Easter festivals take place all over the Greece, the uniqueness and massive scale of the celebration of Eastern in Corfu island, for sure is noteworthy! Colorful carnivals you can find around Greece, and around world, but Corfu’s Karnavalos is of Venetian origin, in which a monster type figure stars as the head of a colorful parade! Dancing, fun, Mascaratas, parties and an elegant atmosphere to celebrate an amazing Eastern in Corfu island!
This is the time when Corfu brings out to light all its natural and cultural beauty.
Before, during and after Easter week, Greeks and others of the Orthodox faith but just visitors who wants to enjoy this wonderful atmosphere, as well as tourists from all over the world, flock to the island. Hotel rooms, villas, apartments and Studios must be booked a year in advance for rooms that look out into the promenade. You will feel overwhelmed, ou will be taken away by music and you will acquire unprecedented feelings by the religious and celebrating events.
Corfu is the only place on Earth where you can experience spring getting inside your very existence, where you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of the most important celebration. Easter here is bright beyond all expectations.
Unique things to do in Corfu – Highlights – must know
The Easter held each year in Corfu with a glory and splendour not seen anywhere else in the world, Corfu Easter, a huge celebration bringing thousands of visitors each year to the island gains in momentum for 10 days leading up to the great Resurrection Mass itself.
Palm Sunday features a procession of the holy body of Saint Spyridon, which is a custom that began in the early 1600s to celebrate the end of the deadly Plague on the island. All 15 philharmonic bands of the island take part in that procession. Natural beauty, culture and tradition. The East and the West, forming together a mosaic of culture, customs and language. Easter in Corfu presents this very peculiarity, customs and traditions which can be traced back to the Western and Eastern culture, specifically in pagan customs which date thousands of years in the past. Celebrations which provide a new breeze of life to the islands, elevating them in a crescendo of joy and enthusiasm.
Good Friday sees the gathering of bands from the three Philharmonic Societies—separated into squads—accompany the Epitaph processions of the city churches. Late in the afternoon, the squads come together to form one band to accompany the Epitaph procession of the cathedral.
On Holy Saturday morning, the three city bands again take part in the Epitaph processions of St. Spyridon Cathedral in procession with the Saint’s relics. At this point the bands play different funeral marches. The custom dates from the 19th century, when colonial administrators banned the participation of the British garrison band in the traditional Holy Friday funeral cortege. The defiant Corfiotes held the litany the following morning, and paraded the relics of St. Spyridon too, so that the administrators would not dare intervene.
Easter Sunday begins with the procession of the icon of Resurrection around Corfu town and the villages, followed by a festive meal that might consist of lamb, red eggs, sweet wine and , of course, the music, singing and dancing that is characteristic of this festive island.
The week after Easter is referred to as New Week. This post-Easter celebration consists of processions and festivities on every island. Each time a church procession stops, people use small cannons, to announce it. Canons were widespread during the Venetian rule as they were used to alert Corfu and the surrounding area of the whereabouts of pirates.
Easter, the biggest festival of the Orthodox church, in Corfu is even greater, more devout, more spectacular, more impressive, and has rituals that are found nowhere else, it is a special event and a great reason to visit Corfu during spring.
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And some history, Corfu is one of the most popular islands for Europeans, especially British, not only because Britain ruled it for a period in the 1800’s, but also because it is the closest Greek island to the rest of Europe. It is home to many ex-patriots. It is estimated that up to 10% of Corfu’s 130,000 inhabitants are expats, mostly British.
Second-largest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is shaped roughly like a reverse comma. It is wide and hilly in the north, and narrow and somewhat flatter in the south. There is no spot along its 40-mile (65 km) length that is more than 7.5 km from the sea. Corfu is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, with a highly developed tourist infrastructure along its coastal areas. At the same time, the inland portions of the island are relatively unchanged by the thousands who visit every year. Topographically, its eastern coast features a more or less gentle downgrade to the seashore, while the western shore has a lot more cliffs and dramatic, sudden drop-offs into the Ionian sea, along with numerous coves with sandy beaches. Its highest point is Mt. Pantokrator, at 915 meters, in the center-north.
he name “Kerkyra” was first mentioned by the Mycenaeans in 1300 BC. Jason and the Argonauts were said to have visited, where Jason is supposed to have married Medea, granddaughter of the sun God, Helios, in “Medea’s Cave,” on Gamillio (wedding) Mountain. Kerkyra was the name of the daughter of Asopos, the river god. Only the Greeks use the name Kerkyra, “Corfu” being the name the rest of the world uses. “corfu” is probably a corruption of the Greek word “korifi,” meaning “summit,” which in turn was named after the promontory that Corfu Town was built on, in the 7th century AD, by the Byzantines.