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Lime Plasters & Tadilakt Workshop

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Lime Plasters & Tadilakt Workshop

20/04
-21/04
, 10:00 am
-3:00 pm
Vamos
10:00 am
-3:00 pm

Book at 6971756411 / claire.oiry@gmail.com

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Big Friday

Festival / Holiday
03/05
Gavalochori

A day of mourning the death of Jesus. In Gavalochori, an evening service is held in the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, followed by the procession of the Epitaphios, where villagers carry a re-creation of the tomb of Jesus decorated with flowers and candles through Gavalochori. The procession leaves the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus and goes to the old school and the Church of the Nativity of Mary before returning to the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus.

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Easter Saturday Evening

Festival / Holiday
04/05
Gavalochori

Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. People come from many villages around Gavalochori and even from Chania to participate in this ritual on the Saturday night before Easter. Some attend the service inside the church, and others gather in the open area outside of the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, but everyone brings a candle. At midnight, all the lights in the churches are extinguished until the priest appears with a lighted candle and says, “Christ is risen!” The priest lights a candle with the “Holy Flame” and then lights the candle of someone standing near him. That individual then lights the candle of someone near, and the light is transferred from one to another until all of the candles held by the people gathered have been lighted.

Outside the church, an effigy of Judas is tied atop a pyre of tree branches that has been prepared in the days leading up to the Saturday service. In the early 20th century, the bonfire was built by schoolchildren over a number of days, but now, with the advent of tractors and chain saws, it is built generally in a day by young men in the village (although anyone can bring branches to add to the pyre while it is being built). After everyone’s candle is lighted, the pyre is torched, and Judas is burned in effigy, accompanied by firecrackers and fireworks.

Following the burning of Judas, everyone moves to the main square, where members of the Gavalochori Cultural Association serve raki, wine, and hard-boiled eggs dyed bright red to represent the blood of Christ.

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Easter Sunday

Festival / Holiday
05/05
Gavalochori

Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A church service is held in the morning in the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus. Family and friends often gather together in the afternoon and evening for food, wine, and music, and the Gavalochori Cultural Association typically serves a meal in the square in the evening on this day or the Monday following. Many families roast a lamb on Easter Sunday, and if you walk around Gavalochori on this day, you are likely to see and smell lamb roasting on spits throughout the village.

This is also a time to eat the Easter bread called tsoureki (τσουρέκι) that contains a bright red hard-boiled egg nestled in its braids that you will see in bakeries around Easter. It is prepared on the Thursday before Easter but is not eaten until Sunday because it contains items that aren’t to be eaten during Lent.

People also play a game on this day with the bright red hard-boiled eggs. Each person holds an egg, and one of the players starts the game by saying, “Christ is risen.” The other responds, “Truly, He is risen” and smacks her or his egg on top of the partner’s egg. Whichever one cracks is the losing egg, and the owner of the winning egg goes on to play with other friends and family members. The egg that wins over all of the others is called the lucky egg.

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Name Day of Saints Constantine & Helen

Festival / Holiday
21/05
Gavalochori

Because the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus was originally called the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen and one of its domes is dedicated to these saints, their feast day is celebrated with religious services the evening before and the morning of this day in the church in Gavalochori.

Ongoing Events

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Levity Yoga with Julien Andres

Fitness
Wednesdays and Saturdays
, 10:00 am
-11:15 am
Cultural Association Center
Gavalochori
10:00 am
-11:15 am

Vinyasa is the connection of breath and movement. This class is based on the ancient sequences of Sun Salutations A and B. Classes include warm up with strength building and core stability, movement sequencing that builds heat in the body, balance pastures, creative transitioning between poses, inversions, rest and relaxation.
These classes are all levels and open to the community!

Cost for class, 10 euros.

*Some props provided, please bring your own mat if you can!

For more information, contact Julien at: jules.black@live.com
+306978085938

classes taught in English

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Local Library

Community
Every Thursday
, 6:00 pm
-8:00 pm
Cultural Association Center
Gavalochori
6:00 pm
-8:00 pm

Learn more about the Cultural Association Center here >

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Vamos Open Market

Community
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month
, 9:00 pm
-2:00 pm
Pitsikounis Square
Vamos
9:00 pm
-2:00 pm

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Art Classes

Lessons
Weekly
Papyrus Bookstore & Gallery
Vamos
  • Drawing, Painting & Crafts for Children
  • Mosaics for Adults
  • Drawing for Adults

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Tango Classes

Dance
Starts January 14th, 2024
Douliana

Lesson starts at 11:00 AM in the "sillogos" building. (Cultural association)

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Yoga with Kids

Fitness
Nio Chorio

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Nature Play for Children

Twice a month
Cultural Center of Kokkino Chorio
Kokkino Chorio

Organized by Porizo.

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