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Located to the west of Greece, the Island of Corfu offers a wide range of hotel accommodation. Be aware that the highest touristic season in Corfu is from late July to late August. If you want to get low prices and cheap accommodation in Corfu, it is advisable to avoid visiting during this period because although the island has many tourist accommodations - from 5 star hotels to cheap apartments - this period in the summer you will not find easily and affordably
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The Municipality of Corfu has been awarded the War-Cross of the First Class with a Royal Edict since 21st October 1945, because the city repeatedly suffered intensive bombardment during the War of 1940-41, while the citizens of the city exhibited, during these bombardments, unrivalled endurance and heroism up to the point of self-sacrifice The War-Cross has the form of copper crowned-cross, of the perforated golden crown type. Between the branches of the cross there are crossed swards with the helve at the bottom and at the cross-point there is a circle with the monogram of King George II of the Hellenes .

SPECIAL AWARD "TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENT" in Corfu
On 22nd November 1995 the Municipality of Corfu was awarded the Special Award for the restoration and the preservation of the architectural heritage, during a special ceremony in Brussels. The European Committee proclaimed the Pan-European Contest for the Special Award "Tourism and Environment" and the candidacy of the Municipality of Corfu was the only one from Greece that reached the final stage of the contest.

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Honorary Citizen & Golden Medal of the European Summit Conference With the 15-168/17-6-1994 decision
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Corfu Honorary Citizen & Golden Medal of the European Summit Conference With the 17-148/14-5-1996 decision
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Corfu Honorary Citizen With the 38-369/2-8-1999 decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to his Beatitude the Archbishop of Greece Christodoulos on a ceremony held on 10 August 1999.

Corfu Honorary Citizens With the 34-341/28-8-2000 decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Manolis Glezos & Apostolos Santas (WWII heroes) on a ceremony held on
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Honorary Citizen With the 46-625/19-10-2001 decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Leonidas Kyrkos (National Resistance hero) on a ceremony held
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Corfu Honorary Citizen With decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Spyros Papadopoulos (actor) on a ceremony held on 11 June 2002.

Corfu Honorary Citizen With decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Kakia Igerinou (scriptwriter) on a ceremony held on 15 June 2002.

Corfu Honorary Citizen With decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Thanasis Vengos (actor) on a ceremony held on 15 June 2002.

Corfu Honorary Citizen With the 35-489/19-8-2002 decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Michael Doukakis (U.S.A. Presidency candidate) on a ceremony held
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Corfu Honorary Citizens With the 17-176/6-3-2001 decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizen of Corfu was awarded to Konstantinos Dracopoulos & Dimitris Krontiras (art sponsors) on a ceremony held on 9 April 2001.

Corfu Honorary Citizen With decision of the Municipal Council of Corfu the title of the Honorary Citizaen of Corfu was awarded to Reina Escenazi (tv director) on a ceremony held on 11 June 2002.
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Easter in Corfu: Manners and Customs of the traditional Holy Week from GReek Tourist Guides and the Municipality of Corfu:

Easter, the greatest festivity of the Greek-Orthodox Church, is celebrated with particular reverence all over Greece.
In Corfu the festivities of Easter are unique. The Western Civilization's influences are clearly visible even in this mainly Greek-Orthodox festivity. Corfiots call Easter Lambri of Lambria (Bright) expressing this way the symbolic spiritual brightness of the day.
After a long seven-week period devoted to fasting and abstention from any kind of feast, comes Easter, day of happiness, day of enjoyments.
The special local customs, the direct relation of these days with the beginning of spring, show off a uniqueness, which has rendered the Corfiot Easter an attraction with visitors from all over the world. The polyphonic ecclesiastical music (a local particularity) predominates and pours out of the Corfiot churches to the small alleys of the city and the suburbs. This harmonic melody, a particular quadraphonia, which came from Crete in the 17th century, even today is called "Cretan melody".

The Corfu Easter begins with the religious events of Palm Sunday.
At 11.00 in the morning of Palm Sunday, the litany of the Holy Shrine of Saint Spyridon takes place, a procession which holds since 1630, in commemoration of the deliverance of the island from the spread of the deadly plague, which took the lives of many Corfiots in 1629.
This litany is the largest in size and length and circumambulates the city on the trail of the old Venetian city-walls, with many stoppages on the way for prayers and entreaties. It is the only litany that all 18 Philharmonics of the island participate to honor the Patron Saint of Corfu.
It is the custom after the end of the litany, all the Philharmonics to parade through the old city center playing cheerful marches.
On the same night at 8.30 in the Municipal Theater the concert of the 'Mantzaros' Philharmonic takes place with solemn music,
which introduces us in the mood of the Passion Week.

From the next day, Monday before Easter, the Corfiots start shopping for Easter. The sweet smell of 'phogatsa', 'mandolato' and 'colombina'
(all local food specialties) is sensed all around the city. In the afternoon the bells of the churches ring to call the congregation for the Service.

On Tuesday before Easter the famous Kassiani motet is heard in the churches and at 9.00 in the evening in the Peristyle of the Old Palace
the "Organization of Corfiot Activities" (OKE) stages the Musical and Poetic Night with the theme: "From Golgotha to Resurrection".

In the past, from Wednesday before Easter onwards, the sheeps were brought from the countryside to Sarocco Sq. to be sold to the Corfiots
and to the merchants from Patras. Nowadays, on the same night, at 8.30 the people are filling up the Municipal Theater to hear the Municipal Chorus singing ecclesiastical hymns of the Passion Week with chorals from the East and the West.

On Maundy Thursday the Service of the Holy Passion is attended by the Corfiots in the churches. In the Catholic Cathedral, Duomo,
they light up 12 candles and put out one-at-a-time after the hearing of each of the "12 Gospels". On the same day with the first bell-ring the red Easter-eggs are dyed, eternal symbol of the renewal of life and nature.

On Good Friday before the noon, the churches are crowded with people
for the ceremony of the Descent of Christ from the Cross and the circumambulation of the dead Christ on a white sheet in an emotional atmosphere and the funereal ring of the bells. Later, the children run about the neighborhoods asking for flowers for the Epitaph.
The decoration of each Epitaph is almost exclusive work of the young girls and towards the noon the Epitaphs are exposed to the faithful for pilgrimage. Early in the afternoon begins the circumambulation of the Epitaphs on the streets, alleys and squares of the old city and the suburbs. From 2.00 in the afternoon until late at night, tens of Epitaphs will pass around the city and as time passes more Epitaphs gather on the historic center and almost cross each other. Each Epitaph is accompanied by a chorus, a philharmonic, torches, manual lamps, scouolas (guild Patron Saint standards), which during this evening are held sideways indicating the funereal character of the procession.
Schools, scouts and groups of little girls carrying baskets full of flowers, which are abundant in Corfu this time of the year, also accompany each Epitaph. The last Epitaph of the night is at 10.00 and is the impressive Epitaph of Corfu Cathedral. In this Epitaph, the presence of the Holy Clergy, of the Authorities and of thousands of Corfiots and visitors, gives an ecstatic dimension in this mournful night.
The 'Old' Philharmonic ('red') performs the Albinoni's Adagio, the 'Mantzaros' Philharmonic ('blue') plays Verdi's Marcia Funebre and the 'Kapodistrias' Philharmonic plays Mariani's Elegia Funebre, also known as Sventura and Chopin's Marche Funebre.

On Holy Saturday at 6.00 in the morning the artificial earthquake is a custom of the church of Virgin Mary of 'Xenon'. It takes place just after the 'Apostle' and is a reenactment of the earthquake that is described in the Gospel as a consequential triumphal even of the Resurrection of Christ.
At 9.00 in the morning of the same day the devout circumambulation of the Epitaph of Saint Spyridon's church takes place. In 1574 the Venetian authorities prohibited, for security reasons, all the Epitaphs on Good Friday.
Thus the Corfiots circumambulated the Epitaph of Saint Spyridon's church together with the Shrine of the Saint during the Holy Saturday litany, which was an already established tradition and could not easily be prohibited. The Patron Saint in this litany takes the place of Titular Bishop and the Epitaph follows. This litany is the oldest and the most impressive of all litanies of the Patron Saint of Corfu.
It holds since 1550 in commemoration of the miracle of the Saint, which saved the island from starvation. The procession moves to the slow funereal rhythm of the three Philharmonics of the city.
The 'old' Philharmonic plays Faccio's 'Amlet', the 'Mantzaros' Philharmonic plays Micheli's 'Calde Lacrime' (Hot Tears) and the 'Kapodistrias' Philharmonic plays 'Marcia Funebre' from Beethoven's Heroica. After the end of the litany the Shrine of Saint Spyridon will remain on the church for a three-day pilgrimage.
At 11.00 in the morning of the same day the people are expecting the so-called 'First Resurrection'. After the morning Mass the bells ring joyfully and from the windows and balconies of the houses thousands of full of water clay pots are dropped on the streets.
This custom is connected with the Gospels, but is also a Venetian influence, who used to throw from their windows old pots and old objects on New-year's day, expecting new things to be brought by the new year.
The Corfiots adopted this custom, but changed the date to Easter, the greatest Greek feast, and clay pots replaced the old objects.

Another interpretation of this event suggests that the custom is pagan.
Easter is occurring at the beginning of the new floral year, the nature awakes from hibernation and the fruits are collected in new pots, while the old ones are thrown away. After the dropping of the clay pots, the Philharmonics are marching on the streets of the historic center of the city playing allegro marches In 'Pinia' the commercial center of the old city, the "Organization of Corfiot Activities" (OKE) has revived the old custom of 'Mastela'. At the old times the 'piniatores' i.e. the porters of the city, used to place on that spot an open barrel full of water. They decorated the barrel with myrtles and colorful ribbons, and spread around the place, were asking the passers-by to cast a make-wish coin in the barrel. At the time of the 'First Resurrection' they were chasing an unsuspecting passer-by to throw him in the barrel. The soaked to the skin Corfiot sprinkled from the barrel the watchers and at the end came out with joy and laughter with all the coins gathered at the bottom of the barrel. On Easter night the Catholic Mass of the Resurrection takes place in Duomo with the accompaniment of the ecclesiastical organ.
The Service ends at about 11.00 p.m. so that the congregation can be present at the Orthodox Resurrection. The Orthodox Resurrection Service takes place at the kiosk of the 'Pano Platia'. The Bishop, the Authorities, the Philharmonics and thousands of people are present. Phantasmagoric and unique spectacle is the sight of thousands of candles on the balconies, the windows and the hands of the people that follow the Service that night, on the biggest square of Greece.

The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated at 12.00 sharp with drumbeats and fireworks. As soon as the Service is finished the Philharmonics march around the city playing cheerful marches and the people follow behind them singing and wishing each other.

Easter in "Pano Platia"
The Corfiot Easter feast has just began and will last until the morning with 'tsilihourda' (local soup with minced lamb-tripe), red eggs, fogatsa, colombines (Venetian origin Easter cakes that look like pigeons) and lots of wine. The island is set on fire breaking the fasting and celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.
On Easter morning every church circumambulates the icon of the Resurrection of Christ on the streets of Corfu and suburbs,
in the same manner as the Epitaphs. On the same day each year from 11.30 a.m. onwards, the Naval Station of Corfu in the New Fortress,
is open to the public with feasts, local dancing and rich tidbits. In Corfu the traditional menu of the first day of Easter
is different from the rest of Greece.
On Easter the Corfiots eat egg-lemon soup, made of 2-3 different kinds of meat, and leave the traditional roast lamb on the spit
for Easter Monday. This has the explanation that the stomach is weakened by the long period of fasting and a soup will help it to recover.
On the same afternoon all the Corfiots go to the church for the so-called 'Service of Love', were the priest embraces and kisses the entire congregation and the congregation returns the reverence by holding and kissing the Gospel and the hand of the priest In the past,
Easter carols were sung from door to door, but nowadays the custom has been extinct.
With solemnity take place at 6.00 p.m. in Garitsa the litany of the icon of the Resurrection of Christ and at the same time in Potamos the litany of the icon of the Resurrection takes place, together with the icon of Virgin Mary Dimosiana.



On Easter Monday, in nearly all Corfiot countryside, litanies of the icon of the Resurrected Christ take place, which pass through the rural areas and the villages and last from one to three hours.

On Tuesday after Easter at 5.00 p.m. at the church of Saint Spyridon, the Patron Saint of Corfu is set back in his Urn after a three-day pilgrimage.
The Easter Week of the Corfiot Easter ends with the feast-pilgrimage on Friday after Easter
at the Paleokastritsa monastery, which is the first religious feast of the Corfiot summer


Many thank for the information of Corfu Easter customs and traditions to the Municipality of Corfu
and their official website
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Carnival in Corfu:

The roots of the Corfiot Carnival are lost in the Dionysiac worship of ancient Greece. The Carnival of Corfu was revived during the time of the Venetian occupation of the island and through a course of more than 450 years, reaches our times, regenerated each year The Latin word CARNEVALE is probably derived from the Latin phrase carnem levare = to disappear the meat, consequently abstain from meat.


Carnival in Corfu City center


In the city of Corfu the festivities of the carnival were influenced by the arrival of the Venetians. The Venetians, with the numerous personnel that was living in the city (military and administrative), brought their own carnival customs (which had their roots in the Roman Saturnalia), and their own way of entertainment, which very soon grafted the local tradition and created the Corfiot Carnival with a tradition of more than 450 years. The rulers and noblemen, of foreign or local origin, were participating at the festivities, which at the beginning consisted of indoor happenings. In several houses balls were held with masks and european dresses, with a nostalgia for the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the splendidness of the Metropolis. Gradually, imitating the Venetian way of life, club for the Nobles was organized in Corfu, together with card-playing casinos and a theater, where the comedies of the Venetian aristocrat Carlo Goldoni were performed and soon were assimilated, became tradition and were loved by the Corfiots. Intense card playing was taking place during the carnival period. Four casinos existed in the city, the casino for the Venetian Noblemen, that for the Corfiot Noblemen, the one for the army-officers and the high-rank clerks and the casino for the officers of the navy. The casinos had rooms for conversation and tables for card-playing -they were playing tresette, briscola, paseta and pharaoh. In one of these the famous Giacomo Casanova participated, "in Corfu? I was spending all my time in the coffee-shop playing rabidly pharaoh", he wrote. Polychromy, cheerfulness, 'brio', high-spirit and most of all public participation were the elements that characterized the Carnival of Corfu, which, in combination with the masked-balls and the revel atmosphere in the streets and the alleyways of the city, made Corfu look like Venice, where the revel and the amusement lasted for months and had their own particular color. The growth of the opera in Corfu had its contribution to the Corfiot Carnival. The transformation of the club of the Nobles to theater in 1720 by the name "Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo" and the calling of Italian groups that performed comedies, 'opera buffa' but also prose, lasted the whole of the winter period until the last Sunday of the Carnival. This tradition continued in the 20th century, after the construction of the Municipal Theater. Masked balls (named Cavalchine) were held in the Theater during the Carnival period. At the beginning the tickets were expensive in order to provide a financial support to the actors, but this was abolished by the last Proveditor Carolo Aurelio Widman, so that everybody could afford to go. Ladies with fancy outfits and well-dressed masquerades attended the balls from the rented theater boxes, exchanging glances, colorful serpentines and love letters, while during the intervals they were exchanging visits. Many balls were held and the last one could not go further than the 12:00 at mid-night of the last Sunday, when all the masks were dropped. The archives tell as about six-day balls, two nights with signatures (veglione) and four common nights with masks (cavalchine). The balls were a way of life and never stopped, not even during the Russo-Turkish siege (November 1798-February 1799). Later the after-midnight dances were transferred to several privet ballrooms in the city. In large dancing-floors special teacher were teaching 'Cuadrilias' and 'lancie', which were the highlight of the night. Except that in the Municipal Theater the dances of the 'Old Philharmonic', of 'Gymnastiriou' and that of 'Rolina', have remained unforgettable ever since. The Nobles and the well-off were masqueraded in dominos and harlequins, wearing masks (mouzeta) and constructing kiosks in Spianada Sq., decorated with greens and flowers, contesting on the best kiosk decoration and throwing each other violets
and serpentines, and watering the passers-by with "pompets' of watered perfume. The last Sunday of the Carnival everybody was with masks on the Liston, either walking or on coach for the 'Will' and the cremation of King-Carnival at 12 at mid-night.

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