Σελίδα με φωτό από τον Άγιο – New page with photos from Agios Nikolaos

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Νεα σελίδα στην ενότητα των φωτογραφιών, με εικόνες από τον Άγιο, τραβηγμένες την Κυριακή του Πάσχα (19 Απριλίου).

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Visit a page with pictures from Agios Nikolaos which were shot the 19th of April, our Easter.

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Πληροφορίες για το Ηράκλειο από το Δήμο – Infokiosks at Heraklion

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Ο Δήμος Ηρακλείου ξεκινάει έργο πληροφόρησης των τουριστών για την πόλη μέσω του δωρεάν ασύρματου δικτύου, και πολλά άλλα!

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As announced by the Mayor of Heraklion, a new project is under progress to install Infokiosks and screens in Heraklion that will provide information for the city’s interesting places to visit, the history and lots of info that belong to the city’s public library.
That information will be available through the free internet owned by the Municipality of the city. Everybody will be able to download that info using its PC or mobile phone.
Last but not least many new visiting places are about to open, like the exhibition with costumes and other articles from Smaragdis, film «El Greco» (as it has been announced some time ago) and some more inner parts of the Venetian Walls too.

Γιορτάζοντας το Πάσχα – Easter Celebrations

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Not everybody fasts nowadays but all join the Easter Celebrations. Easter is a big Holyday in Greece and everybody leaves the cities to enjoy Spring, eat, drink, dance and sing!

Χριστός Ανέστη – He is Risen!

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On Saturday night, the service begins in darkness with the chanting of the Midnight Office. Afterwards, all remain in silence and darkness until the stroke of midnight. Then, the priest lights a single candle from the eternal flame on the altar (which is never extinguished). The light is spread from person to person until everyone holds a lighted candle. Then a procession takes place circling around the outside of the church, recreating the journey of the Myrrh Bearers as they journeyed to the tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning. The procession stops in front of the closed doors of the church. The opening of these doors symbolized the «rolling away of the stone» from the tomb by the angel, and all enter the church joyfully singing the Troparion of Pascha.

Μεγάλο Σαββάτο – Holy Saturday

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In the Divine Liturgy in the morning, we make noise to represent the earth quake that happened before Jesus’ Resurrection. This is the Proti Anastasi (First Resurrection) service, with just before the reading of the Gospel, the hangings and vestments and changed from dark lenten colors to white.

Μεγάλη Παρασκευή βράδυ – Good Friday evening

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After the Divine Litourgy, there is the tradition to take the Cross and Epitaphios around the main streets near each church. After that, at about 10:30 everybody goes to have fish food and vegetables and drink raki or ouzo.

Αναπαράσταση Αποκαθήλωσης στα Χανιά – Representation in Chania

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At several places in Greece there is a representation of taking Jesus from the Cross. One of those takes place at Chania.