Easter events on Corfu begin to peak on Good Friday with the Epitaphios procession around the city’s districts, accompanied by philharmonic orchestras and choirs.
On Easter Saturday, at 6am, a re-enactment of the earthquake that the Gospel says followed the Resurrection of Jesus is staged at Panagia ton Xenon church. At 9am, Agios Spyridon church stages its Epitaphios procession, while the First Resurrection service is held at 11am. Upon its completion, the bells at the Metropolitan Church of Corfu ring joyfully and clay pots (botides) are tossed from house balconies and windows onto the streets.
On Easter Saturday night, the Resurrection Service is celebrated from an outdoor platform on the Spianada, before thousands of worshippers and visitors, with musical accompaniment from the philharmonic orchestras, while the lit candles on the square and in surrounding windows create a spectacular overall setting. On Easter Sunday, the city churches parade the Icon of the Resurrection around the streets from 7am.