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#1 john p

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:16 PM

I am going to be in the Kritsa/Aghios Nikolaos area over the Orthodox Easter weekend. Does anyone know the best place to see traditional Easter processions or other elements of the religious festivities?

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#2 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:44 PM

Hi John,

You will be able to enjoy THE best Easter ever!

In Kritsa on the Friday evening the 3 big churches will hold special services and then biers decorated with flowers are carried around the streets until they all meet and parade down the high street - sit and enjoy a beer in Aristedies bar and you will have a great view.

The lake in Agios Nikolaos will provide you a spectacular Saturday evening - my suggestion is to go mid evening and find a good vantage point ABOVE the Lake and then at midnight WOW! I cant expalin you will have to explain but be sure to take a very long candle with you - don't worry about a lighter as someone else will be on hand to light it for you - it is all part of the magic. (special ones are sold in the town in preparation for the big night)

Sunday evening you NEED to be back in Kritsa - I hope you don't have a nervous disposition B) B) :D

Send me a PM if you want to meet up as we will be there too.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:47 PM

Thanks very much, very helpful. What happens in Kritsa on the Sunday??

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 12:24 AM

Take your brown pants.

B)

B)

Sounds like fun. I'm more and more tempted to hang around til Easter.
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#5 john p

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 08:47 PM

Please spill the beans!

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:10 PM

Might this event that might upset those of a nervous disposition also provide an opportunity to collect small amounts of scrap brass ?
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:10 PM

...........hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I don't know but two quotes make me wonder...'take your brown pants' and 'spill the beans'!!!! B) Do the two have any thing in common????
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:28 AM

Ear defenders might be a good idea around the lake as well.

Also on the Monday IIRC last year, they had some groups of young people doing traditional dances down by the lake in Agios in the afternoon. Great to see the interest of childen of various ages in these historic activities. When the demonstration dances were finished it then turned into a general dance which all & sundry joined in. Most enjoyable.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:59 AM

Yvonne is right about the spectacular night by the lake of Agios Nikolaos. If you want to get a good spot over the lake, go there around 10:30 pm.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:25 AM

Nice photos Yannis.
I looked on all of them and I found a familiar figure in photo number 8. I do not know why he looks away from the camera though, looking for a speciale hand maybe?
Now I know which car to look for when I visit Crete next time.
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#11 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:18 PM

Yes Tim it might upset those of a nervous disposition but not due to small amounts of scrap brass - it is a much bigger calibre!!!

Put it this way it is the one night of the year I know the earth will move for me!!!!! :P :lol: :P
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:39 PM

And they say size doesn't matter Yvonne!
The moderators may need moderating if this carries on!
Lars, I was about to call for a hand in stopping the car- it didn't have working brakes!

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 11:57 AM

I have given an account of our Kritsa Easter in my blog but these clips give an idea of the loud celebrations but of course what you won’t get is the reverberations all around the “bowl” of mountains and the tremors that make you worry about “what if”………..


http://uk.youtube.co...h?v=D6NOoCBIM2c



http://uk.youtube.co...h?v=kKtngYjXagM
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 09:38 PM

Brilliant video Yvonne, no half measures I see!
Reminds me to some degree of the events in Ottery St Mary on Nov 5th each year when they have the flaming tar barrels- they start the day with cannons! http://www.tarbarrels.co.uk/