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Greek Easter Proseccion of Epitaph: Good Friday in Thessaloniki!

Hosted by the Consul of the Thessaloniki City Trotters Group
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Fri 14 Apr 17:00 - 18:00

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Good Friday in Greece is both the most solemn holiday of the year, and the most beautiful. In every church throughout the whole country, Good Friday begins with bells. But not the joyous church bells we hear every Sunday and holidays — the bell is a mourning bell, ringing a single ring at regular intervals all day long. It is calling us to the Greek Easter Epitaph.

Inside every church is the Easter epitaph, the symbolic funeral bier of Jesus Christ. It is covered completely with flowers, and flowers are wired to the supports of the canopy and the canopy itself. From the morning and throughout the day, there is a line outside every church as people wait to pay their respects. People approach the beautifully decorated Easter Epitaph and kiss the icon of Christ, which has been taken down from the cross and wrapped in linen. In many places, little children will pass beneath the Easter Epitaph.

The epitaph of the Holy Church of Agios Minas "goes out" on the streets, traditionally, every year first, so that workers in the shops of the market, which remains open, have the opportunity to follow him. It is a custom that has been faithfully followed for many years and its procession begins every Good Friday at 5 pm.
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