Authentic Greek Orthodox Easter on Kos Island
Although Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa is closed for Easter, opening only in early May, if you want to celebrate Easter on Kos Island you will not be disappointed
The Easter on Kos Island is a celebration of light, life, and hope. It is a religious national holiday, kept in high regard by all island residents, who manage to preserve ancient traditions to honor the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christos.
The countryside is of particular interest for travelers who want to experience the authentic Greek Orthodox Easter on Kos Island. All churches are richly decorated with blooming flowers and the streets are illuminated by lampades to show the way for pious pilgrims attending the Easter Anastasi midnight mass.
Kos residents celebrate with tsoureki, avgoules, maghiritsa, and lambropites, as well as eggs died in red to remind of the rebirth of life and nature, and to remind of the blood of Christ. Like elsewhere in Greece, the midnight mass is the most spectacular event of the Orthodox Easter on Kos, with lights shining all over the island, illuminating the way from the church to the last home like a trail of fireflies.
The Greek Orthodox Easter on Kos is perhaps not as spectacular as you would experience it in Athens or other major Greek destinations, but it is an authentic experience that you should not miss.
Imagine the laid back streets of the island villages shining under the traditional lampades, or follow in the footsteps of a believer who will lead you closer to the true meaning of the night of the Resurrection for Greeks. Celebrations are held everywhere on the island, so look for a church closer to the hotel you find available for this particular time frame. Remember: you will carry a burning candle from church to your room, according to tradition. But if you want to be just an observer, some of the best KOS destinations to see for the Greek Orthodox Easter on Kos Island are Kos town, Palio Pyli, Asfendiou, Zia, Antimachia, Kardamena, and Kefalos.