Whether of Orthodox or Catholic creed, Easter in Oia is an exhilarating religious experience in reverence and devoutness. in touch with God, in peace with oneself. The holly prevails in the churches, orthodox and catholic and the powerful, yet serene ambiance.
The orthodox traditional Cylcadic church in Oia is called Panagia (virgin Mary) Platsani and is located in Oia’s central square. The Catholic Church is located in the island’s capital Fira.
Easter week in Oia is of particular religious sentiment. In Greek tradition the faithful fasten and attend daily services in the church that recreate the Devine drama. The mass of crucifixion on holly Thursday, the epitaph on Holly Friday with a candle procession through the village lanes, is time for reflection in reverence.