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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Unique Epitaphio in Ouranoupoli


In Ouranoupoli the women have a unique way of decorating the Epitaphio - with thousands of pearls and flowers.

Preparations began a month ago when women gathered more than 70,000 pearls and 30,000 flowers to make their Epitaphio into a real jewel.

This is a tradition in Ouranoupolis that goes back ten years and attracts thousands of visitors in the peninusula area.

Each year the women choose a Byzantine pattern, usually taken from Mount Athos, then they decide on the colors, order the flowers and pearls, and then both old and young participate in the decorating.

On Good Friday evening everyone then takes part in the procession with the Epitaphio through the streets of the village.

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