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The holy light arrived on Easter Saturday around 23.55 hours at the Christ church on Skopelos. it was brought in by the boat from the harbor police who received it on Skiathos where it came in by airplane.

The head of the harbor police carried it into the church and from there was transported from candle to candle to everybody in and out of the church

Happy Easter!

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Ready for tonight. Our candles, handmade. At 12 o’clock , when the priest comes out of the church and says Christos anesti (Christ has risen) you will say this to family, friends, neighbours gathered around you. These words are exchanged also when you meet people many days after Easter. You can respond to Christos Anesti with Alithos anesti (it is the truth that he has risen)

Chronia polla! Happy Easter and enjoy yourselves tomorrow!

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Happening now…

Meeting of two church congregations. Christos and Tries hierarchies/Pandelemon on Easter Friday.

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No boats

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There is a big chance that on the first of May there are no regular boats coming and going to Skopelos. Please check with your boat ticket office. Sailors organisation PNO strikes again.

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Happy Easter

For those who find themselves in Greece/Skopelos this week they are lucky to be able to celebrate Easter here. I have written a lot about the different celebrations during the week on my Easter/1st of May page. Please have a look. The weather will be sunny on Easter Sunday so being out and about will be easy.

On Monday shops and offices are closed so be aware of that. The first of May also.

I have been talking to two of the three mayor candidates in the past few weeks. It will be interesting to see what their program for Skopelos will be in the near future. I will post about their programs on the blog of course. Concerning the elections; the way the municipality council will operate will be different from the last elections but I will post about that too.

Happy Easter everybody !!!

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Hovolo beach


As beautiful as ever!

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40 days

On Friday morning I spend the first part remembering a deceased older Greek lady. I met her a while ago, she loved reading. The day I met her she was reading Anne Franks diary. She died about 40 days ago and she was remembered in church today. Quite a bit of people turned up and sat through the two hour sermon.

I have posted these words before but they explain very well the mood and behavior that an christian orthodox family go through the first 40 days after a bereavement. I know there are more religions that have the 40 day ceremony too.

The forty days of the soul begin on the morning after death. That first night, before its forty days begin, the soul lies still against sweated-on pillows and watches the living fold the hands and close the eyes, choke the room with smoke and silence to keep the new soul from the doors and the windows and the cracks in the floor so that it does not run out of the house like a river. The living know that, at daybreak, the soul will leave them and make its way to the places of its past — the schools and dormitories of its youth, army barracks and tenements, houses razed to the ground and rebuilt, places that recall love and guilt, difficulties and unbridled happiness, optimism and ecstasy, memories of grace meaningless to anyone else — and sometimes this journey will carry it so far for so long that it will forget to come back. For this reason, the living bring their own rituals to a standstill: to welcome the newly loosed spirit, the living will not clean, will not wash or tidy, will not remove the soul’s belongings for forty days, hoping that sentiment and longing will bring it home again, encourage it to return with a message, with a sign, or with forgiveness.

If it is properly enticed, the soul will return as the days go by, to rummage through drawers, peer inside cupboards, seek the tactile comfort of its living identity by reassessing the dish rack and the doorbell and the telephone, reminding itself of functionality, all the time touching things that produce sound and make its presence known to the inhabitants of the house.
Source: The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

After the ceremony we received our bag with “goodies” and went off to work or home. Is is Easter Saturday in many places around the world except Greece. For tomorrow, happy Easter everybody!

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