Offices, banks , shops and businesses don't open till after the church service. Today is a day of rest. No making cookies, dyeing eggs or doing housework. The most faithful will only eat a soup made of tahini (sesame paste) and water and will avoid eating anything sweet.
We used to take the children from church to church to see how each had decorated their bier. The younger children gleefully crawled three times underneath for good health.
In the evening each church carries their flower bedecked bier of Christ out into the streets followed by the faithful carrying lighted (brown beeswax tonight) candles. The three big churches on Poros plus the church from the Navy base will all meet in the centre of town for a short combined service and then each procession returns to their church.
Two of the flower decorated canopies
Many of the congregation will return to the church passing underneath the bier for good luck. Then there is a scramble as the flowers from the bier are taken down and handed out to the people. These flowers are used to decorate the icons in the house.
In some places the procession is only around the outside of the church. When we lived in a small village in Crete the young and fit priest galloped all around the village at top speed with all of us galloping breathlessly behind him. On the island of Salamina the procession went for miles on mainly unlit roads. Not easy following in your best high heels.
The big church down on the waterfront loaded its floral canopy and congregation into fishing boats and water taxis and sailed along the harbour to the main square. A wonderful candlelit parade of boats on the water.