The Ikarian Centre is offering Greek language courses especially designed so that the students can experience the Orthodox Easter. The school offers courses for both, Orthodox and Catholic Easter. The courses last for two weeks . Students of all levels are welcome to participate.
Ikaria is a small island, situated in the Eastern Aegean Sea where rural traditions are very much alive. Easter, a springtime celebration is celebrated by the local communities with great festive spirit. Preparation for Easter Sunday starts in different houses where various sweets are made and boiled eggs are painted red. During the Holy Week, the atmosphere is somewhat solemn, as most locals fast and attend the various religious services held in churches all over the island.
Generally, there is a great emotional build-up on Easter Saturday when the celebrations start in the evening. After the religious ceremony and local fireworks display, people return to their homes where families and friends eat and drink together. On both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday in the village Karavostamo one can witness the "burning of Afano", a custom that derives from Byzantine times.
Students will learn about the Easter traditions while participating in them. Activities that are usually arranged within the framework of the courses and are mentioned in the Centre's main programme, like walking in the mountains, Greek cooking lessons and traditional dance lessons will also be organised. As always within the course framework, students will have the opportunity to meet with and talk to local residents.