Easter in Amorgos

Easter in Amorgos

Easter customs of Amorgos date back to the Byzantine Period. Early on the morning of Holy Friday local people cover with freshly cut sage ang oregano the streets of all the villages the Epitaph will pass through, as well as the churches' interior. On Lazarus Saturday local women make little human-shaped figures out of yeast, the so-called «lazarakia». On the night of the Epitaph Procession, all the streets of Chora are decorated with small self made fire-lit cans.

Following ancient customs, on Easter Sunday all icons are taken out from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa for a 7-day tour to sanctify all areas of the island. In Amorgos, Easter festivities commence on Holy Saturday night, continue with the festivities on Easter Sunday and the burning of Judas in Aigiali, and last for yet another week.

Carnival festivities peak (50 days before Easter Sunday)

  • Saturday morning: Carnival parade in Katapola
  • Saturday night: Traditional festival in Kato Meria
  • Last Sunday of the Carnival: The 'Captain's" custom is revived in Lagatha with festivities until late at night
  • Clean Monday: Festival in Chora


  • May 8th: Feast of Agios Ioannis Theologos (1hour walk from Lagatha)
  • July 25th: Feast of Agia Paraskevi at Kato Meria
  • July 26th: Evening prayer, on small boats, for Agios Panteleimonas at Katapola
  • July 26th: Festival of traditional drink "psimeni raki" at Katapola / Feast at the church of Agia Paraskevi at Kato Meria
  • August 6th: Feast of Christ Fotothotis at Chora
  • August 15th: Feast for the assumption of the Madonna at Lagatha
  • August 22nd: Festival of traditional sweet "pasteli" at Chora
  • September 14th: Feast of the Holy Cross at Aigiali
  • September 26th: Feast of Agios Ioannis Theologos (1hour walk from Lagatha)
  • November 21st: Feast of the Madonna at the monastery of Hozoviotissa
  • December 6th: Feast of Agios Nikolaos at Katapola