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Experiencing The Easter In Corfu

Discover the Magic of Easter in Corfu

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Join us for the ultimate Easter celebration in the heart of Corfu, a truly magical experience that you won’t forget! Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions and rich culture of this enchanting island, and witness one of the most spectacular Easter celebrations in the world.


Easter in Corfu is a unique and unforgettable experience. As the most significant religious holiday in the Greek Orthodox Church, it holds great importance for the people of Corfu, and the celebrations take on a whole different meaning in this vibrant Greek island. The customs and traditions surrounding Easter in Corfu are unlike any other, making it a must-see destination for travelers interested in experiencing the local culture.

Easter in Corfu is a highly anticipated event for Greeks, as it is a unique opportunity to experience the holiday in a one-of-a-kind setting. For most Greeks, spending their holiday in Corfu is at least a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as they can witness the customs and traditions of Easter that are specific to the island. As a result, Corfu is a popular travel destination during Easter season, attracting visitors from all over Greece and beyond who want to immerse themselves in the local culture and celebrate this significant religious holiday in a truly special way.

Easter time in Greece is renowned for its rich and diverse traditions and customs, which vary from region to region and among the Greek islands. The festivities typically begin on Palm Sunday and continue until Easter Sunday, encompassing a week of celebrations that unite people from all walks of life. Even Catholic churches participate in the festivities of the Orthodox Easter, adding to the joyful and inclusive atmosphere. The festivities are characterized by music, dancing, and delicious food, all of which contribute to the unique and vibrant cultural experience. Traditional customs are also an essential part of the celebrations, bringing a sense of continuity and connection to the past. The schedule of events during Easter week is packed with activities, including processions, feasts, and religious services, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The schedule includes:

Palm Sunday: The procession of the Holy Shrine of Saint Spyridon takes place, one of the largest litanies in Corfu, with philharmonic orchestras, and philharmonic parade around Corfu town.

Great Monday: The locals organize their Easter shopping, including the traditional Mantolato, Fogatsa, and Kolombines.

Great Tuesday: After approximately 21:00pm, when the evening service completes, the annual Easter theme poetry and music night continues, organized by the Organization of Corfiot Activities at Saint Michael and George Palace.

Great Wednesday: This day, the lanterns in the Town, the streets, and the Palace are dressed with purple light illustrating the grief, and during the noon, people visit the churches to hear the unctions.

Later in the evening, approximately at 20:30 pm, people visit the Island’s Municipal Theater to view the annual ecclesiastical music Easter Concert.

Maundy Thursday: Today is the day where people paint the eggs read, and a ritual is taking place in Duomo, the Catholic Cathedral.

Good Friday: One day before the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection! On that day, the philharmonic orchestras fill the streets with mournful marches.

The churches are taking care of the Epitaphs preparation, decorated with beautiful flowers.

33 Epitaphs, representing the age of Jesus, are processed around Corfu Town, which finally gathers at the center of the Town.

The philharmonic orchestras play each one of them a piece of specific music. The atmosphere is amazing, full of people holding lit candles, illuminating the night.

The procession of the epitaph’s ritual is completed with the outstanding epitaph of Corfu Cathedral, starting at 22:00 pm, from the Church, and returns at midnight. Accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra, and Venetian style lights, “manualia”, this procession is considered one the most glorious.

Good Saturday: On Good Saturday, basically begin the Easter celebrations.

During the morning hours, approximately at 06:00 am, a ritual is taking place in Saint Spyridon. They create an artificial earthquake to represent the resurrection, as described in the Holy Bible.

At 9:00 am, the procession of Saint Spyridon relics and the epitaph begins, accompanied by three philharmonics, the “Old”, “Kapodistrias”, and “Mantzaros”, and one of the oldest epitaph processions in Corfu, exceptionally processed on that day, since the epitaph processions are a tradition to take place on Good Friday.

At 11:00 am, the “First Resurrection” takes place inside the churches, and the bells of the churches ring cheerfully, and the popular “Botides” custom takes place in Corfu Town

“Botides” custom refers to the time when people are throwing big clay pots filled with water from their balconies, and the crowd is watching, and the philharmonics play religious marches.

The origin of this custom derives from the Venetian occupation, where people used to throw the old stuff from their balconies during New Year’s Eve, hoping that the New Year brings them happiness and new things.

In the Old Town of Corfu, another custom takes place, “Mastella” where a big barrel full of water is placed by the road, and all people passing by should throw a coin in the barrel.

At the time of “First Resurrection”, one person selected randomly is thrown in the barrel to collect the coins from its bottom.

In the night, the Catholic Mass of the Resurrection takes place in the Catholic Cathedral at 10.00 pm and ends by 11.00 pm. This happens so that people can also attend the Orthodox mass of the Resurrection and celebrate together.

Easter Sunday: At 12:00 midnights today, the Resurrection of Christ takes place in the Upper Spianada Square, where the crowd holds lit candles, the fireworks begin lighting up the sky, and the philharmonics play cheerful marches, to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.

Upon completion of the celebrations in Spianada Square, the philharmonics march around Corfu Town, and the people follow them, singing along.

A mouthwatering dinner follows the celebration, offering a Corfiot dish, “Tsillichourda” (meat soup), “fogatsa” (a traditional Corfiot brioche, red eggs, and wine!

On Easter Sunday morning, around Corfu, people are singing and dancing to folk music.

On Monday Easter, Corfiots have the tradition to gather altogether to eat the traditional Greek Easter Meal, roasted lamb, and kokoretsi!

Have in mind

  • To enjoy Easter in Corfu, you should make a timely reservation for an apartment in Corfu Town, where you will experience the true atmosphere of celebration without troubling yourselves with how to move about.
  • Try to eleminate unnecessary travel by car during the period of Easter events.
  • Arrange your restaurant reservation early on in order to find a place to accommodate you.

Top 5 Things to do

Corfu Easter Concerts

Corfu’s philarmonic bands have great share of the Easter celebrations. Starting from Palm Sunday and dyring the Holy Week, there are several concerts taking place in Corfu’s Municipal theatre, in the Catholic Duomo, in the Museum of Asian Art and elsewhere. The week just before the Holy Week Corfu’s Events Organization announces Easter Celebrations programs, so you will have the chance to choose the one that suits you best.

Good Friday

The Epitaph Litany

The day of the peak of the divine drama, all churches organize a litany of the Epitaph’s icon. The procession is accompanied by philarmonic bands, choirs, school students and scouts. Litanies start around 2 p.m. and they take place all over the city. At 10 p.m. is the great litany of the Corfu’s Metropolitan Church, where all bands, choirs, students and scouts meet. The atmosphere is absolutely dignified.

Tip of the day
During the Metropolitan Church’s Epitaph enjoy the mournful marching by the philarmonic bands. Corfu’s oldest band “Palaia” plays Albinoni’s Adagio, while “Mantzaros” philarmonic plays Verdi’s Marcia Funebre.

Great Saturday

The First Resurrection

After the litany of  the Epitaph of Saint Spyridon’s Church, the only one taking place that day, at 11 a.m. Corfiots celebrate the First Resurrection. The celebration is accompanied by the famous custom of the “Boti” (ceramic pot) Breaking. Locals throw, from their windows, small and pretty large ceramic pots filled in with water, for greater clack. The custom is a combination of an old Venetians’ custom that, on New Year’s Day, they used to throw old objects from their windows so as the New Year will bring them new, and a pretty old custom that during Spring the locals throw away old pots in order to collect the new crop in new ones.

Tips of the day
The litany of Saint Spyridon’s Church takes place in that day because of the Venetians’ prohibition, in 1574, for epitaphs to take place during Good Friday night.

The mournful marchings of the philarmonic bands are immersive. “Palaia” plays italians composer Faccio, Amplet, “Mantzaros” plays Micheli’s “Calde Lacrime” (Hot Tears), while “Kapodistrias” philarmonic band plays Beethoven’s Marcia Funebre from Eroica Symphony.

Great Saturday

Night Resurrection & “Magiritsa”

On Great Saturday night is the celebration of Jesus Christ Resurrection. In every church locals come with lit candles to celebrate the divine miracle. On 12 o’ clock the joyful message arrives, bells ring and fireworks illuminate the night sky. Whether you choose a local church or Corfu’s largest square, “Spianada”, the celebration is worth attending.

After that comes a local recipe. Greek orthodoxs for 40 days before Easter have the fasting period during which they do not eat meat. At Great Saturday’s night comes the end of that period with a delicious dinner of the so called “Magiritsa” or “Tsilichourds” as the Corfiots call it. It is a recipe made of lamb’s offal, pretty unique but also delicious. Have the chance to taste it in a local restaurant or tavern.

Easter Sunday

Litanies of Resurrection Icon & Easter Feast

For those that can handle an early morning wake up, starting at 7 a.m., on Easter Sunday morning churches organize litanies of the Resurrection’s ican accompanied by small groups of the philarmonic bands. Choose your favorite cafeteria at Liston promenade and watch the litanies pass by. After that comes the Easter lunch, with lamb on the spit, “red” eggs, greek wine and of course greek music and dancing.

Corfu Easter is truly one of the kind and definately on pf the best periods, besides summer, to visit the island. Since it is a period that many greek and foreign visitors come, it is a good idea to reserve a table for Great Saturday night dinner and Easter Sunday lunch. Also keep in mind that on Good Friday and Great Saturday many roads around Corfu Old Town are closed, so use the public transportation or enjoy a nice walk in order to approach the city’s historical center.

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