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A smashing Corfu Easter

 

Easter in Corfu is impressive, it’s loud, it’s earth-shaking and we love it. We do have a lot of customs and traditions during Easter-time, but this is kind of our favorite. It’s a Venetian and Orthodox customs wild combo. On Easter Saturday, Corfu wakes up early. At 6 o'clock at the Virgin of Xenon Church, an impressive three-aisled basilica of the Eptanissian rhythm, the representation of the earthquake which, according to the Scriptures, followed the First Resurrection takes place.

At 9 o'clock in the church of Agios Spyridon in Corfu the Saint's litany commences, which was established in 1550, when Corfu was saved from famine. The paradox here is that the procession of the Epitaph takes place at the same time, unlike all any other part of Greece. The procession of the epitaph on Easter Saturday was established during Venetian rule, as the Venetians banned the processions and the Epitaph in the city. The famous Corfu Philharmonic accompanies the procession of the Epitaph - you may have heard that Corfu has one of the best organized and "melodic" Philharmonic and their music really is wonderful. The music traditionally played on Easter Saturday is Marcia Funebre (the epitaph course) by Beethoven's Hero, and Calde Lacrime by Michelli. A few hours later, grief turns to joy, as people gather in Spianada and Liston in Corfu Town - to enjoy one of the most impressive Easter fairy tales in our country, the “pots”. The first Resurrection at 12pm gives the signal to the people of Corfu to fly huge clay pots full of from their balconies. They are clay jugs with a narrow mouth and two handles on the side for carrying. The balconies are adorned and everyone has red ribbons tied on them- red is the color of Corfu.

The clay pot thing in Corfu has a long story behind it that is lost again in the era of Venetian domination, but there are different theories about its origin. Some say the custom stems from the Venetian times, where at the beginning of the year people were throwing their old things, in order for the new time to bring them new and better ones. They just replaced it with clay pots to make it louder.

The second theory refers to the period of the ancient Greeks, who in April celebrated the beginning of the agricultural and vegetation period, throwing their old pots to fill the news with the new fruits. Some will surely tell you in Corfu that whatever the truth is, the Corfiots love to exorcise evil with their smashing and banging, meaning the end of winter dormancy and the regeneration of Nature.

If you are in Corfu during the pot smashing party, do not forget to take a piece with you and keep it with you all year round - the locals will tell you that it will bring you good luck. And when all the fuss is over, the Corfu Philharmonic Orchestras are on the streets playing this joyous music.

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