Syros Easter (Rituals & Customs)

Syros Festival

In Syros, Orthodox and Catholic come together to celebrate Easter. With the liturgy of Resurrection, on Saturday night, the sky is lit with fireworks.

The "Lady of the Cyclades" stands for its unique sense of nobility and the neoclassical architecture that dominates its capital Ermoupolis. There is no doubt that the created sense adds to the unique Easter atmosphere.

Why is Easter in Syros is special?

Syros island celebrates Easter in a very special way, as it is perhaps the only place in the world where Catholics and Orthodox faithful observe the occasion together.

On Good Friday all the inhabitants of the island are on the streets, following the epitaphs that start from each parish, small or large, Catholic or Orthodox. The epitaph of the Catholics starting from the Church of the Annunciation and the epitaphs of the Orthodox starting from the parishes of Agios Nikolaos and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary are heading to the center of the capital of Ermoupolis.

The procession of the Orthodox epitaphs is followed by the faithful holding poles with tunic, sponge, and dice, which symbolize the passions of Christ. After the procession, the epitaphs meet in Miaouli Square, where prayers are held and hymns are sung by the choir of the Holy Temple of Agios Nikolaos.

What are the customs of Holy Saturday and the Resurrection in Syros?

On the morning of the Holy Saturday the first Orthodox Resurrection in the church on the hill Vrontado takes place accompanied by the loud banging of the stalls. While at night, after the Resurrection service, Catholics make the procession of the statue of Jesus placed in a golden open canopy covered with violets, lemongrass, and lilacs. During the procession, the colorful banners of the various fraternities follow, while the sky is illuminated by countless fireworks and sparklers, creating an amazing spectacle.

In any case, a visit to Syros during Easter is definitely a good choice, both for the special customs as well as for the nature of the island, which is in its most beautiful moment during that period of the year.

About Syros Easter (Rituals & Customs)

Last updated: 27 Apr 2021

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