Monday, April 09, 2007

The Resurrection – ten minutes late

It was in Milina anyway. The Papas' timing was out and even though firecrackers were exploding in all the surrounding villages we had to hang on outside the church whilst he raced through the liturgy to declare 'Christus anesti' some ten minutes after midnight. The locals grumbled but soon fireworks, flares and bangers were let off haphazardly and after fifteen minutes of mayhem everyone drifted home, trying to keep their candles alight for good luck.

Even as an atheist outsider it is still possible to share the Sunday celebrations as families and friends gather for feasting

and dancing

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