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Easter extravaganza

Madeline Blount
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No one does Easter like the Orthodox. On the South side of the island, it's a week-long affair with strict fasting (and then feasting) rules and choreographed services. On the Friday before Easter, go to a church and parade around the town with the whole congregation and a flower-covered coffin for Christ. The next night, bring a candle, watch the flame pass through the whole church in the dark, started by a chanting priest holding an antler candelabra. You'll then get pulled outside the church in a river of people (careful with that candle), and the priest will knock on the door of the church loudly, asking if the Resurrection has happened yet. Then, all Sunday and probably Monday, you'll eat more than you have in your life.


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