Escape to Costa Navarino for a Traditional Greek Easter Experience
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Holy Thursday starts with an Easter Fair at the Agora and a plethora of fun activities for kids, including Easter egg design competition, lantern making, themed face painting, magician shows, dance, music and Greek shadow theater performances.
In the morning of Holy Friday, activities continue with adorning the “Epitaphios” with flowers and sense the day’s solemnity in the evening, during a classical music performance, followed by the “Epitaphios” liturgy in the little chapel of St Sampson and the Procession.
You come closer to Messinian culinary offerings, by joining local women in preparing the traditional Easter bread known as “Lambrokouloura”. In the evening Greek and Jazz music performances are followed by the Resurrection liturgy at St Sampson’s chapel and culminates in a firework and balloon spectacle, before the accustomed late-night dinner which includes the cracking of the red-painted eggs.
On Easter Sunday celebrations begin with a treasure hunt game for children and continue throughout the day with Easter songs and traditional dances at the Agora, Greek meze dishes and various local recipes next to the well-known roast lamb on a spit, the key Greek dish for this special day.
Easter in Costa Navarino is a special celebration for children with day-long creative learning activities at the SandCastle and plenty of sport & entertainment choices among which, basketball, volleyball, mini-tennis, bowling and cinema.
The unique atmosphere of the Easter period in Greece is prominent throughout Messinia, from the bigger towns to the smaller seaside and picturesque villages. Religious proceedings at the small chapels around the area create a devout atmosphere, whereas in the towns of Koroni and Pylos processions follow a route among archaeological sites and take in the region’s rich history. Among many Messinian customs, “Saitopolemos” is a competition involving teams holding tubular home-made fireworks (saites) which still takes place in Kalamata, as does the procession of the Holy Virgin of Eleistria in Koroni on the first Friday after Easter, and in the village of Dasohori the custom of preparing and flying balloons at the church of Aghia Paraskevi is still kept alive.
Easter experience in Costa Navarino will certainly be one of your best memories.