Music plays somewhere in the distance

Critical Dispatches

More than three quarters of the Greek population list their religion as Greek Orthodox, so if you find yourself there during any of their religious celebrations, it is an almost certainty that you will end up getting involved in the pageantry of the occasion in some way, shape or form. I spent this year’s Easter holidays in the Northern Greek city of Thessaloniki with a little time in the coastal village of Hanioti and offer here some notes and impressions of the experience should you choose to make a similar journey at a similar time of year in future.

The first thing to be noted is that the Greek Orthodox Easter period – referred to locally as Pascha – is celebrated one to five weeks after the Western period that falls around the time of the March equinox. The reason for such a disparity arises from two factors; firstly, the…

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