Apr 11, 2014

The Tradition of Lazarus of Bethany

In Santorini, Easter traditions and customs are well kept for decades. One of them is revived tomorrow, on "Saturday of Lazarus", as it is called.
People on the different villages make a huge wooden cross and cover it with thyme and flowers. Then the cross is put up on the central square of each village and the edges are tied tightly on the ground.

 On Saturday evening, all the villagers gather on the square, as the cross symbolises the day Jesus restored Lazarus to life, four days after his death.
 The cross stays there for a week until Holy Saturday, when the villagers take off its flowers and thyme.