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Home Paros Life - Current Issue Backissue Nr. 145
  Nr. 145 - Spring (Apr/May/June) 2011
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Easter in Marpissa

by Maria Perantinou
Each year on Good Friday in the village of Marpissa, a spectacular event takes place, celebrating Easter with the ‘Parastaseis’, a series of dramatic tableaux portraying scenes from the Passion of the Christ and involving around 200 villagers in the production. This event has become famous all over Greece and attracts many visitors to the village every year.

The custom dates back to 1927, first organised at the Marpissa Elementary School – which at that time was also attended by the children from the villages of Marmara and Prodromos – by teacher Vasileia Kafourou. In later years the Parastasis was held outside of the school, the scenes illuminated by portable ‘lux’ lamps because at that time there was no electricity in the village.

Marmara acquired its own elementary school in 1953 and Vasileia and her husband Yiannis Asonitis both taught there. Children who had attended school in Marpissa and learned about the ‘Parastasies” wanted to bring the custom to their village too and soon it became an annual event in both Marmara and Prodromos as well. According to Marpissa residents, except during the years of the Occupation, the ‘Parastaseis’ have continued without interruption ever since, thanks to the efforts of a number of dedicated individuals including Flora Cherouveim, Margarita Malamateniou and Maria Samiou.

Today the ‘Parastaseis’ take place in Marpissa, Marmara, Prodromos, Aspro Chorio and Lefkes.

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