Ayia Napa celebrated Easter with splendor (PICTURES)

Crowds of believers flooded the Holy Church of Panagia Agia Napa throughout Holy Week

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Easter was celebrated again this year in Ayia Napa with all the splendor and deep excitement. Throughout Holy Week, crowds of believers flooded the Holy Church of Panagia Agia Napa and the chapel of Agia ΄Anna for the services of the Passion and Resurrection, while thousands of visitors flocked to the Central Square and watched the rich artistic program that prepared by the Municipality on Easter Sunday and Monday, they participated in the traditional games and tasted the traditional Easter dishes such as red eggs, flaunas, pretzels made on the spot by local housewives.

Specifically, on Good Friday, both the Church of Panagia Agia Napa and the Church of Agia Anna took place the procession of the Epitaph through the streets of the city accompanied by the Band of the Municipality and Church of Panagia Agia Napa and the choir of the church, which sang "Genei Pasai » and other religious hymns.

On Holy Saturday before the Resurrection service and during the lighting of Lambratzia and the burning of Judas, the Mayor Mr. Christos Zannettou together with a group of citizens, revived an old traditional custom that can only be found in Ayia Napa, the "vices". Branches of the "spurtulla" plant, which thrives in the area, were placed for a few seconds in the fire of Lambratzia, and then they were struck with force on the ground to make a small explosion.

On the night of the Resurrection, the inseparability was created in the area of ​​the Square after thousands of visitors became one with the residents and everyone together with the Priests and with lit candles chanted "Christ is Risen".
The artistic program on the evening of Easter Sunday began with the music and dance performance "The Roots of our Tradition" which was presented by the Dance Club of the Municipality of Ayia Napa and "Kimon" Xylotympos and the evening ended with the performance "Easter of the Greeks" where the Dance Ensembles "Aradippos" and "Erophyli" of Rethymno Crete, presented dances of Naoussa and Crete.
The Easter Monday program began in the early afternoon with souses, dances and tsiatistas under the tumbezia by the Dance Group "THOI" Avgorou and immediately after, the Easter traditional games were held in the square, in which young and old competed in egg races, in sack races and tug of war.

The artistic part of the Easter Monday program began with a Folk Dance Program presented by the Dance Group of the "Yasoumeia" Cultural Club Dasous ΄Achnas and then the Folklore ΄Omilos Dasous ΄Achnas, the Greek Dance Group "Pegasos" of Thessaloniki took over the baton and the Dance Group "Sibiu" from Romania with their performance "Easter Encounter". The program was concluded with the performance "Cut a twisted princess for me daughter" presented by the Cultural Group "Rymvos".

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