Easter in Amorgos

Easter in Amorgos

Easter customs of Amorgos date back to the Byzantine Period. Early on the morning of Holy Friday local people cover with freshly cut sage ang oregano the streets of all the villages the Epitaph will pass through, as well as the churches' interior. On Lazarus Saturday local women make little human-shaped figures out of yeast, the so-called «lazarakia». On the night of the Epitaph Procession, all the streets of Chora are decorated with small self made fire-lit cans.

Following ancient customs, on Easter Sunday all icons are taken out from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa for a 7-day tour to sanctify all areas of the island. In Amorgos, Easter festivities commence on Holy Saturday night, continue with the festivities on Easter Sunday and the burning of Judas in Aigiali, and last for yet another week.

Carnival festivities peak (50 days before Easter Sunday)

Festivities