"Saturday's night in Leonidio" Top 5 Page for this destination Greece Local Custom Tip by Lilasel

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On Saturday everyone goes to church late in the evening, carrying with them unlit candles. At midnight the priest announces the resurrection of Christ ("Christos anesti") and lets the people light their candles of the Holy Flame taken from Christ's nativity cave in Jerusalem. As everybody does this fireworks and crackers go off and the dark night is filled with light from the candles. After this, everybody goes home for a meal - the fast is over. If their candles are still burning, a cross is made in the doorway with the soot, to protect the house for the coming year.

The most striking custom of the area of Leonidio is that on the night of the Resurrection the sky is filled with hot-air balloons released by the faithful of each parish!

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2005
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