In Santorini, amidst a rapidly changing world, the locals stand as guardians of tradition. With unwavering passion, they keep the island’s Easter customs alive, including the iconic placement of thousands of tin lanterns (over 17k). Through their dedication, they ensure that the spirit of Santorini’s heritage continues to illuminate the island, enriching the Easter experience for all who visit.

During Holy Week, the island becomes a canvas of ancient reverence and modern celebration. Commencing on Lazarus Saturday, the festivities paint Santorini in hues of sacredness and joy.

Amidst the cobblestone streets of Oia, the faithful gather in Panagia Platsani, where the echoes of Byzantine hymnology fill the air with reverence. Meanwhile, Emporio and Pyrgos come alive with age-old customs, the lantern-lit procession of “Simantra” and the solemn Denekedakia of the Epitaph.

The Denekedakia tradition adds a touch of solemn beauty to Good Friday in Pyrgos. As night falls, the village becomes a sanctuary of tradition and devotion. The scent of incense mingles with the haunting strains of Byzantine chant as residents gather to honor this sacred custom.

At Prophet Elias monastery, perched atop Santorini’s highest peak, the Resurrection is heralded with a breathtaking display of fireworks. Amidst ancient stones and timeless traditions, guests partake in the age-old custom of cracking red eggs and savoring the sweet delight of “kutsouna”; a lambriatic pastry that embodies Santorini’s culinary heritage.

From savory sgardoumias to sweet melitinis, the island’s flavors further enrich the Easter experience, crafted with care by generations of Santorinian housewives.

As Easter Sunday dawns, Santorini awakens to a new day, filled with the promise of renewal and the warmth of shared tradition. From village to village, the streets come alive with the sound of laughter and the spirit of togetherness, as families and friends gather to share in the bounty of the season.