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Greek Orthodox Easter - May 05th 2024

Greek Easter is the most important religious celebration for Greeks, more important than Christmas. At Votsala we follow the tradition not like in a hotel, but like in a big family of the past. Everybody can participate by cooking with us the traditional dishes, or walking like a “pilgrim” to the mountain villages.

The usual Easter Votsala tradition includes:

THURSDAY: (02nd of May 2024) afternoon/evening: Historical walk in Mytilini town ending into a Byzantine church for the crucifixion.
FRIDAY: The Pilgrims Walk to the mountain village Assomatos. There we will join the Procession of the Epitáphios of Christ. This is the only village in Greece that the procession is leaded by few local musicians playing traditional instruments. (instruments are not allowed in the orthodox churches)
SATURDAY: Early morning we participate for a while a special ceremony in the cathedral of Mytilini. Then we come back and help preparing the food for …Sunday! Because in the afternoon we organise a round trip to the north of the island Skala Sykaminea, Molivos. We get dinner at Petra and at 23:00 we are going up to the Rock with the church to celebrate (like all Greeks do at 12:00 midnight) the resurrection of Jesus.

SUNDAY: (05th of May 2024): Everybody has to turn for some minutes the whole spiced lamb roasting over a charcoal fire on the seaside under the trees! Drinking, eating and music starts early and stops late in the afternoon. 

After 4 days of "intensive" religious and family “programme” everybody can enjoy the nature visiting villages and relaxing on empty (from tourists) beaches. Walks and a boat trip will be realised in the next days depending on the weather!

Usually, in the next days our village celebrates St Georges day. You can visit then the village of Thermi, see the Procession of the bull, join the horse races and dance with the locals!

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