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Ayos Ioannis, 49081, Greece
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Easter in Corfu-Holy Saturday

by mindcrime

You have to wake up early to catch the customs of this day! At 06.00am (I know it’s cruel) there is the custom of the representation of the earthquake described in the Bible! It takes place at Panagia Ton Ksenon church, with the believers hit the wooden stands of the church.

3 hours later (come on, now you are wake, aren’t you?) you may see the Epitafios of Agios Spiridonas again. The area around the church will be packed with people though so be patient. In 1574 the Venetians, for safety reasons, prohibited the Orthodox to the epitaph procession on Good Friday and allowed only the procession of the Holy Saturday. So the locals do it together with the litany of Agios Spiridonas that in this litany has the Bishop’s place. It’s definitely the most evocative litany and while it crosses the streets the people through flowers from their windows (pic 1) while the orchestra plays the sad tune of Faccio’s Amlet., Micheli’s Marcia Funebre etc

At 11.00am you may go to the old commercial center and see another custom, the custom of Mastela. It’s huge barrel (pic 2) full of water. Everyone that passes from there throws coins inside and when the bells announce the first Anastasi(Resurrection) someone dives inside and takes the money! :) We could be there as we wanted to watch another custom though.

While the church bells beat joyfully you can also watch the most popular custom of the local easter, the botides. First of all check the balconies, if you see some of them decorated like in pic 3 with purple clothes stand away from there! It means they will throw the botides (clay pots, small or huge) full of water on the street! The best spot to enjoy this is at the beginning of Liston at the open square. Of course thousands of visitors will be there with you :) So, when the bells will be heard the people will start throw the mpotides (pic 4), some of them are really huge and the splash is impressive. The police try to keep the people in safety distance of course. After some minutes you may go and keep a piece of the broken pots as the locals do, it suppose to bring you good luck for the rest of the year. The Venetians used to do this during new years eve when they were throwing old items hoping the new year will bring new ones (try it at home with your old laptop, hahaha) See my video here

After the breaking, the philharmonic orchestras play allegro tunes, check pic 5 to see how crowded it gets that time! It’s like a huge demonstration (that we love in Greece anyway)

souvlaki time

by mindcrime about TO PIKANTIKO

The word pikantiko means spicy in greek but don’t worry you can ask your souvlaki without the pepper :) This tiny place, is obviously the usual place that you can order a souvlaki, a quick and cheap way to fill your stomach.

So, no questions what to eat here, a pita giros souvlaki. It costs 2e
The surprise was that even on Holy Friday when most of these places are closed (as the custom wants the orthodox people to avoid meat during Holy Week) Pikantino was open not for selling souvlaki with meat but souvlaki with pumpkin! A smart move as it was again packed with customers waiting to try one. We did it, it was nice, kind of sweet of course because of the pumpkin.

Secluded beach in the north of Corfu

by JLBG

Most of the northern coast of Corfu is rocky and there are plenty of small beaches. In the highest season, they are certainly invaded by lots of sunbathers but in early July, we were almost on our own with an occasional local family.

Corfu

by DUNK67

I visited the island of Corfu to get over splitting up with my girlfriend. My friends and I went to the resort of Benitses on the east coast, although we had a good time the resort was a bit quiet. The beach was quite small and made of pebbles but the sea was clear.

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