Celebration Easter holidays this year at Aghios Nikolaos – Crete – Greece, then a must visited is the town of Agios Nikolaos – Crete for “the celebration” of “the resurrection of Christ”.
Easter at Agios Nikolaos is perhaps the most impressive celebration in Crete. Around 22:00 in the evening on Easter Saturday, the faithful Orthodox start gathering around the famous lake Voulismeni, to get the best positions. The best view of the spectacle you get when you climb up to the small park above the lake, from where the scene is even more spectacular.
At 23:00 the priests leave the church of Agia Triada in procession to the platform on the lake for the service of the Resurrection. The priests carry the holy fire from the birth church with them from the church to the platform on the lake.
At Midnight the spectators and the priests chant “Christos Anesti” (Christ is raised) and a doll hanging on a raft in the middle of the lake representing Judas is set aflame. As soon as Judas is burning the night turns into day as hundreds of fireworks are let off. At the same time, the candles that people carried with them are lighted and the lake and its surrounding area are turned into a light spectacle.
If you book a hotel room at Agios Nikolaos for a night to see the Easter spectacle at Agios Nikolaos then have a look at Hotel Du Lac it is located at the lake and the rooms at the backside of the hotel are overlooking the lake and the spectacle and is open year around. Also, the brand new 3-year-old 4 star Mistral bay Hotel is a recommendation, this year Greek Easter is celebrated on the 8th of April 2018.