Saturday 12 April 2008

easter again

The weekend before I left the UK, it was Easter. And in two weeks' time, it's Greek Orthodox Easter - Pascha - which is the biggest and most important religious festival here, and also the longest holiday (5 days from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday). I've never been here at Easter before. Apparently it's a lot of fun - fireworks, food, singing and dancing...

But the thing I've been enjoying most is seeing the bizarre statues which are starting to appear at the roadside.

opposite the "Sand Witches"

on the way into Pegeia village

There are plenty more, and they're all different, but usually when I see them I'm driving and it's difficult to stop... I'll try to remember where I've seen some, go there, and take pictures...


Anonymous said...

Happy Easter Again!

Anonymous said...

I love the statues! Very colourful. It's odd for me to see Easter decorations without snow in the background.

Anonymous said...

I was a catechumen repelled by your anti-Semitic service, especially onGood Thursday (beatitudes 4th tone, 13th antefone 2nd plagal 6th tone, 11thantefone 2nd plagal 6th tone; also Tuesday 3rd ode 2nd tone tropare).
Don't you know how these passages fired up the Black Hundreds to go out and killJews for their Judas fires? Some of you say they were added during the MiddleAges and should be removed. What are you waiting for?
Jews and Protestants don't eat anything when they fast, but you eat seafood that is not Kosher,deliberately out of anti-Semitism.
You refuse to use matzabread in thecommunion host because of your anti-Semitism.
Your service book was written by Chrysustom, a communist Syrian terrorist who sought to consumate the crimes his Seleucid forefathers were prevented from committing on Channukah,and who wrote "Questioning is the subversion of faith" (Homily I on I Timothy I).
How do you masquerade to parade for religious freedom? If you want Greeks to be a free people again, you should abandon your islamosoviet religions and join the West.
How do you expect Americans to elect Greeks who attend such services to higher office?George Kender Comney (Comnenus?)

she said...

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