It was fun to be in Athens for Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Good Friday! Easter is the biggest holiday of the year in the Greek Orthodox Church and the city celebrates will all kinds of events.
survival of the fittest" Easter game. You'll find hollow chocolate eggs of all sizes, mostly like a small football, for sale. Decorated candles and lanterns are also sold in all kinds of boutiques.
On Palm Sunday, locals stop into church and pick up olive or bay branches to carry around for the day. A few small grandmothers stopped to (I think) wish me happy Palm Sunday on the way in and out of churches. The rest of the week is pretty mellow with people fasting and preparing to head out to their villages. Museums and sights are open, but sometimes with reduced hours.
Good Friday starts quietly, most stores don't open until noon and museums are free in the afternoon. It's a great time to explore the city with little traffic. Locals seem to spend the afternoon shopping and buying food for the weekend events. Unlike Ireland, they do sell alcohol on Good Friday in Athens. At dusk, it's time to get long beeswax taper candles ready and head to a church for processions. If you don't already have a candle, gypsy kids will sell you one for a Euro.
You can watch a short video of it on my Instagram here.
Next, a recap of the (quite literally) explosive Easter Saturday events on Corfu.