“For those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter and Happy Passover,”
-- from our Facebook feed
We are ‘here’ this Easter holiday; the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States.
It is the first time in three years that we’ve been ‘here’ and not ‘there’ in Greece for this sacred springtime celebration. That’s probably why I’d not noticed.
Our Easter celebration tradition has been to be on Crete’s southern coast in the small village of Loutro, – a place where internet can be sporadic so we didn’t see those Easter postings – and where, just like the rest of Greece, Easter is a really big deal. Really. Big Deal.
Wishes of ‘Happy Easter’ there ring out with gusto and conviction.
That’s the kind of thing you notice when you see holidays from the perspective of ‘here’ and ‘there’. On the flip side, we were in Greece for Christmas and were surprised at how December 25th pales in comparison to their January’s Three Kings Day, which pretty much goes unnoticed in our U.S. part of the world. And how it comes nowhere near the holiday hoopla that takes place in the U.S.
|Loutro, Crete - Easter Saturday 2014|
'Here’ the clerk at the local convenience store said Saturday had been ‘nuts’ with parents buying last minute chocolate candies and goodies for Easter baskets. Saturdays before Easter in Loutro were been pretty laid back as families start gathering early in the day so they can attend church that night, watch the ‘burning of Judas’ and then head to the tavernas that line the waterfront. There they will feast on those slow-roasting lambs that have tantalized passersby all day. Feasting will last until midnight or later.
|Easter lamb roasting at a Loutro, Crete tavern 2014|
|Loutro Crete - Church candles|
Safe Travels and Lovely Journeys to you all!
And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by~~
We are linking up this week with:
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening