A different Easter in Tinos island!
Easter in Tinos has its own unique color! The night of Great Friday six epitaphs, decorated from girls with "manties", gather in the port where sing religious songs.
After their departure, the epitaph of Agios Nikolaos followed by the crowd, continues towards seaside to the former "Spitalia", at the beach Vathi Kladaki...An unique moment, touching! The custom is dedicated to all these people that are lost forever in the sea...
The epitaph of Panagia made of wood, returns back to church, where stands higher infront of the entrance of the door in order the believers to pass undrerneath it.
At Holy Saturday morning, when the priest says the " Anastas o Theos" a small plate with lemon leaves goes around the church to keep them to have good luck.
At Resurrection night everyone celebrates mainly in Chora but also in her villages. At the church of Panagia they give red eggs to people in church yard.
At Easter Sunday, after eating the traditional lamp and mageiritsa believers go to the church. Easter in Tinos means mageiritsa, gardoumbes, christopsomo, but above all cheese pies "tsimpites"or "lixnarakia" and "skepastes" (sweet cheese pies ). There is no place in Tinos that will not host on his table sweet, lovely, "paintings" that demands experience.
On Easter Monday, at Ktikados, the image of Resurrection goes around all the neighborhoods of the village. At 12 pm, the bell invites everyone, natives and visitors at the area under the Holy Temple, where we find the common bank. The love fiesta, with food (beef soup or baked meat), cheese pies and wine. It is "the table of brotherhood", as this day is dedicated to love and solidarity!