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Easter in Paros

Easter in Paros is celebrated with great majesty and with great reverence. On Maundy Thursday, all Parian churches have services of solemn remembrance for the suffering of the crucifixion. On Maundy Friday, there are services which depict the taking down of the body of Christ from the Cross which take place at midday at the church of a Hundred Doors 'Panagia of Ekatontapiliani', while in the evening in the villages of Marpissa, Marmara, Prodromos, Lefkes and Aspro Xorio, the inhabitants represent the passion of Christ in the places where the procession of the icon of the village take place. At the end of Maunday Friday, the males of the island attend the overnight, melancholic rituals of commemoration at the monasteries of Agioi Theodoroi and Loggarda. On Easter Saturday joy dominates as, after 12 midnight, in all the churches, Christ's resurrection is celebrated with the totemic Greek words, Christos Anesti 'Christ is risen'. The widely-celebrated Easter Sunday follows, in which everybody spit roasts lamb as a traditional form of celebration in the countryside, accompanied by wine and dancing. Finally, a Second Resurrection is a local custom celebrated in Naoussa using a traditional daylight firecracker, and during the procession of the icon of the Virgin Mary through the square, the sound of the explosion of these firecrackers is heard all over the island.

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