Greece’s political leaders and ordinary citizens are preparing to celebrate Orthodox Easter on Sunday, with many planning to spend the holiday in their home towns with friends and family.
President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos will visit his native Kalamata, attending the Divine Liturgy celebrating the resurrection of Christ at the Cathedral of the Presentation of the Savior, before returning to Athens on Easter Sunday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in Athens on Saturday and may travel to the island of Aegina on Easter Sunday.
Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras will be attending the midnight mass in Nafplio, the home town of his wife Georgia, while “To Potami” leader Stavros Theodorakis will remain in Athens and Greek Communist Party (KKE) General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas will visit Lamia and possibly Livadia.
Defense Minister and junior coalition partner Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos will also be spending Easter in Athens, at the Army Park in Goudi, where there will be a feast for the unemployed. Kammenos will also be at Athens’ International Airport on Saturday afternoon in order to receive the delegation carrying the Holy Light from Jerusalem.
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos will be spending Easter in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.