Easter in Kos – Traditions and Details

The Easter festivities are one of – if not the most – important celebration of the Greek Orthodox Faith. Every different region has its own customs and traditions that make the celebration all the more special and of course, Kos Island has some traditions of its own.  But let’s see what Easter in Kos is all about!

To begin with, the Holy (or Great) Week of Easter, starting from Saturday of Lazarus is the main focus of most traditions. On the Saturday of Lazarus it is customary for the locals to bake the Lazarakia, small loafs of bread shaped like a man and flavored with honey, raisins and walnuts or almonds. The following day, Palm Sunday, churches are decorated with palm leaves and in some places small crosses made of thin and long palm leaves are handed out to the churchgoers.

The Holy week, or the Week of Passions as it also known, is a week of intense fasting and of preparation for the Easter festivities. Holy Tuesday is the day for baking the traditional Easter cookies, koulouria, Holy Wednesday is the day for baking tsourekia, fragrant breads scented with mahleb and cardamom and Holy Thursday is the day for dying the red Easter eggs.
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On Holy Friday, the funerary procession of the Epitaph is an event that gathers almost every local, who proceed to walk around their church’s parish in reverence. Holy Saturday is another day for culinary preparations, when the magiritsa soup is prepared; cheese pies and other delicacies are made in anticipation of the midnight celebration. That’s when the resurrection happens, and fireworks light up the sky while candles and lanterns light up the streets as the parishioners return to their homes for a late dinner of magiritsa.

Then, the great festivities of Easter Sunday are also focused on food. Unlike most Greek regions that celebrate Easter with lamb roasted on a spit, the traditional Easter meal of Kos is lamb stuffed with rice and giblets, and joyful music and lots of treats are shared.

The Easter traditions of Kos are what make this celebration all the more special, and spending Easter in Kos Island is an experience you will never forget.

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