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Palm Sunday

Here on Zakynthos,  on Palm Sunday the churches are decorated with palms – Vaya – woven into different shapes.

These have been made by the priest and his family. Once ready they are lightly tied to a length of string that goes from side-to-side of the church, making up 6 or more rows. Ready for the service in the morning of Palm Sunday.

 

After the service, the priest says a blessing for these ‘decorations’. This has no sooner than been bestowed, when it becomes a ‘free-for-all’, where members of the congregation, having strategically positioned themselves, start pulling at them, so as to take them home.

As they leave, each are given a small bouquet made up of ‘vaya’, wild flowers and a sprig from an olive tree.

Here  are videos on how to make them – (although in Greek, the lens is up close, showing in detail how it is done) –

– Sun – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Rc53zPnz

– Cross – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfO5KlshkFw

– Donkey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZrC-3qS2mU

 

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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