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Botides Easter Custom | Corfu

Updated: Nov 28, 2019

Botides takes place at the celebration of the "Early Resurrection" in Corfu, during which the Corfiotes throw down large clay pots.

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Specifically, balconies in the old city are decked in bright red cloth, and Corfiotes throw down large clay pots (botides) full of water to smash on the street pavement, especially in wider areas of Liston (it) and in an organized fashion. This is enacted in anticipation to the Resurrection of Jesus, which is to be celebrated that same night, and to commemorate King David's phrase: "Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel" (Psalm 2:9).

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