Easter Traditions at Argiroupoli Rethimno, base of Arcus Suites

Argiroupoli Rethymno “Easter Traditions”. The giant torches (candles) on Good (Holly) Friday. A custom that begins several years ago when Argiroupoli hadn’t got electricity and public lighting.

The villagers to honor the dead Jesus but also to illuminate the path followed by the procession of the Epitaph manufactured “candles” (torches) from reeds and “astivides” (bush)  which lit up and they carried on their shoulders. Each “candle” may be up to 6 meters in length and held by 3 or more people.

In compliance with the Greek government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the tradition of the “Giant torches” would be cancelled for this year.

Video and photos from past years: