If you find yourself in Paros during Easter celebration, a unique tradition awaits you in Marpissa village. The Re-enactment of the Passion of Christ on Easter Friday brings together every year in the village numerous people who visit the island to witness this unique custom, taking place in an atmosphere of reverence. Its roots date back to 1924 when it was first organised by the teacher of the village, Mrs. Vasileia Kafourou.
On Easter Friday, during the procession of the Epitaph through and around the village, accompanied by a choir of 40 women, events are organised that depict scenes from the life of Jesus until his march towards the Cross and the Atonement. 12 stops are made along the route, one for each representation inspired by the Passions.
The Resurrection of Lazarus, the entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Prayer on Mount of Olives, the gallows of Judas, the Ascent to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the Deposition, the Burial are some of the themes that students and young people re-enact, divided into groups of 10-15 people.
Events in Marpissa, however, are not limited to the day of Easter Friday. They continue through the second Resurrection, with the representation of the Resurrection of Christ and the burning of Judas at the village’s mills. On Easter Sunday, the entire village and guests celebrate at the stadium, with roasted lamb, eggs, and local wine.