Corfu Celebrates Holy Saturday With ‘Botides’ Tradition (video)

During the morning hours of Holy Saturday on the Greek island of Corfu, there is a unique tradition called “Botides” that takes place in Spianada Square. This year, as every year, the square was packed by locals and tourists who came to witness the event.

The tradition is that every Holy Saturday at 12 pm Corfiots who have decorated their windows with red flowers and badges, throw huge clay pots filled with red ribbons from their windows. The symbolism is to create an “earthquake” that is like the one that occurred following Christ’s resurrection from his tomb.

To add to the atmosphere, there were thunderous cannon fires from the city’s Old Fort, as well as the music played by the philharmonic bands and the applause of hundreds of tourists and locals who attended the celebration.

Previous to throwing the flowerpots out of the windows, the reminders of this Holy day began with the litany of the relics of St. Spyridon.