Paros Easter traditions – Good Friday
Easter for the Greeks is the focal point of the Christian calendar. The Greek Easter has many interesting customs and traditions, many shared with other faiths, for example the painting of eggs. Lent lasts for the six weeks preceding Easter and ends with a feast on Easter Sunday which includes lamb on the spit.
Traditions differ throughout Greece. In Paros visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the island’s very own Easter customs. In the villages of Marpissa, Prodromos and Marmara, on the East side of the island, on Good Friday night the locals create a series of tableaux vivants (or motionless recreations) of the events of the Easter week. The participants, mostly children and younger people, start immediately after the procession of Good Friday, at about 10pm. They set the stage in various spaces around the village, along the route of the Good Friday procession (epitafios).
In these images the locals recreate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey with a very patient specimen of the species!
The Last Supper features a number of local youths.
While Pontius Pilate the Roman Prefect, uses here a local terrace to deliver his verdict!
Peter and his cockerel. Our favourite, with the cockerel being the centre of attention! Even though there are lots of cockerels on Paros, fortunately this is not a live animal…
Walking up the hill
Possibly one of the most impressive tableux
The last tableau is the burial, because this is Good Friday and the resurrection has not occurred yet!
Each of the three villages stages its own set of tableaux vivants with the Marpissa ones being the most popular. However if you want to avoid the large crowds, try visiting Prodromos on the night.
Also keep in mind that the main street of Marpissa is closed to car traffic and you will need to park your car before entering the village and make your way to the festivities on foot.
This is a late night event and the weather is not always so kind to these brave “actors”, sometimes it is windy, sometimes it is also cold. But they are always there to celebrate Good Friday!