Easter Sunday (Orthodox) – 16 / 04 / 2023
Easter time in Cyprus is a wonderful period to be on the island. The spring sunshine ushers in the sprouting of verdant flora and fauna, meadows sprout forth with poppies, golden daisies, and carpets of anemones that signify the arrival of Easter. Pascha (Holy Easter) is the most important celebration in the Orthodox Ecclesiastical calendar. …
Easter in Cyprus is a joyous time of year. Cypriots welcome strangers with their renowned warmth and friendliness to join in the fun as Eastertime is the largest festive period in the Greek Orthodox calendar year.
Pascha, the most luminous feast of Christianity and the greatest feast of Hellenism and the people of Cyprus, who call it, “Lambri”, “the Bright One” since it shines with the light of.
Resurrection that bathes life and all its facets: morals, customs and tradition. As the Services of Holy Week coincide with Spring, the divine Passions seem to relate to the passions and resurrection of Nature and man. It is, after all, the time to bid farewell to the long and absolute silence of Nature, to the agonising period of gestation in anticipation of welcoming the fruits, the flowers: of orange, pomegranate, rose, yarrow, lilly and the colours.
Everything predisposes the great triumph of life, renewed life, the redemption of the living, the Resurrection of the dead as descriped in the triumphant Paschal hymn.
This is the message of the spiritual extravaganza of these days, from Lazarus’ Saturday until Pascha Sunday. A ritual that narrates the divine Passion and relates to the tribulations of the suffering man, that culminates with Resurrection, depicted in byzantine iconography as the “Descent to Hades” by Christ, where the Resurrected Christ gives His hand to Adam, to raise him up and set him free from the bondage of death.