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Celebrating Easter on the Island of Santorini
Easter is a prominent celebration all over Greece and especially in Cyclades and the island of Santorini. If you want to be a part of the traditions and join the locals, you are most welcome to do so! Schedule your vacations during the Easter celebration and see for yourself why this is one of the best times in the year to visit Santorini. You will be fascinated by the devoutness and the dedication of the Therans throughout the Holy Week, with Holy Sunday marking the Resurrection of Jesus and being celebrated all over the island with great enthusiasm.
In Santorini, Easter preparations start early and everyone joins in whitewashing the houses and other traditional buildings. Flowers blossom in every garden and the ladies prepare the local delicacies for Easter. Tsourekia (a type of brioche) and special Easter cookies, as well as melitinia (sweet pastries with local cheese), fill the air with mouth-watering smells. They also dye red eggs on Holy Thursday. On Friday, everybody mourns the death of Christ and there is the Epitaph procession on literally every neighborhood in Santorini. The local churches gather the pilgrims holding candles and they all march together to show their grief. In Pyrgos, the people decorate the streets with cans and lit candles for the Epitaph to pass by.
Then, it is time to celebrate. On Holy Saturday night, the people gather around each church till they hear the priests declaring that Christ has been brought to life and has risen in Paradise. The bells are ringing cheerfully, the locals mingle with the tourists and they all kiss and exchange wishes of happiness and prosperity. Later at night, they try out mageiritsa (the traditional soup eaten right after the fasting has ended) and they prepare for the magnificent celebrations of Holy Sunday of Easter. 
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