Easter is usually best enjoyed traditionally and in the countryside. Aegina is the ideal place to combine tradition and authenticity with the beautiful countryside.
This Easter experience the reviving of local traditions and customs and make memories that will last forever…
Easter Custom #1: Easter Dance
It is a custom that was held in Aegina on the second day of Easter, lasted three days and was repeated every Thursday for the next three weeks.
Easter Dance consisted of two parts: the small and the big dance. The small dance was meant to showcase love among lovebirds who wanted to get married, while the large one was for the participation of all residents grouped according to sex, age, etc. The singer started singing and beating the tambourine, and, in some cases, was accompanied by other musical instruments.
On Easter Sunday you can see the custom reviving in the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Cross in Palaiochora from 11 am until late noon. Palaiochora is anyway a must-see place in Aegina so why not combine your visit with this special experience?
Easter Custom #2: The burning of Judas in Anitseo
Another Greek Easter custom is revived in Aegina, on Easter Sunday at 7 pm in the mountain village of Anitseo, where the villagers build an figure of Judas (a large doll made of straw and cloth), erect it in the fields and finally set it on fire.
While Judas is burning, people throw fireworks endlessly. An interesting spectacle, to say the least!
Easter in Aegina is really an experience… Share it with your friends!