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Holy Saturday

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The celebration of Holy Saturday combines traditional cuisine with holy rituals. In the morning, join our bakers in Mosaics for a Live Cooking Demonstration (from 11:00) as they prepare for the Midnight Supper. They will teach you how to make flaounes and tsourekia (braided sweet bread). You can also help them dye eggs bright red to signify the blood of Christ. Our youngest guests can get into the holiday spirit with special Easter Kids’ Activities in Danae (19:00-21:00). Later in the evening, we provide guests with candles and a personal escort to Midnight Mass at the nearby Church of Panayia Theoskepasti; meet in the hotel’s Lobby at 10:45. At the service, celebrants gather around the Epitafios Crucifix to commemorate Christ’s death. Just before midnight, the lights in the church are dramatically dimmed. Then the lights are restored to represent the resurrection, and the priest calls the congregation to take from his candle “the light that never dies” as each congregant’s candle is lit. On the way back to the hotel, you will see lambradjas, bonfires that symbolise the punishment of Judas for his betrayal of Jesus. Head to Aeras for Midnight Supper (until 1:30). The traditional meal features local pastries (including flaounes and tsourekia), a selection of local cheeses, and two lemony soups, magiritsa and avgolemono. We’ll also crack the shells of red hardboiled eggs to celebrate Christ’s breaking free from the tomb.


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