Botides

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Botides

At 11 in the morning, with the signal of the first Resurrection, the bells of all the churches of the city ring joyfully and the residents from their balconies or their windows throw the boots. The boots are clay jugs, full of water, with a narrow spout and two handles on the side, tied with red ribbons. The balconies and windows are decorated with a red cloth.
 
This is a custom held by the Venetian Empire when the people of Corfu, due to the ban on religious events late at night, celebrated Easter during the day.
With the breaking of the boots, the evil and vicious spirits leave, according to the custom. At the same time, those who are watching it closely, rush to collect pieces from the broken jugs, which they keep in the iconostasis of the house as according to the people of Corfu, they bring luck and prosperity.
 
Τhis custom is also accompanied by the local philharmonic orchestras. As soon as the breaking of the jars is completed, the Philharmonic Orchestras go out on the streets of the city again, playing the "Don't be afraid Greeks" raid.