Thousands Watch Judas Effigy Burn in Easter Tradition

A town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula has observed Orthodox Easter by burning an effigy of Judas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
People on a boat hold flares as they sail in front of the effigy of Judas during the revival of the old Easter tradition of the "burning of the Judas", in the port town of Ermioni, in the Peloponnese...   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – A town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula has observed Orthodox Easter by burning an effigy of Judas. A fleet of about 20 small boats circled around a raft bearing a wire model of the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ, then set the figure alight. On land in the town on Ermioni, over 1,000 locals and visitors listened to music and watched a laser show. The ritual burning of Judas, a custom also observed in parts of Latin America, is a symbolic punishment of treason and avarice. In the New Testament, Judas betrays Christ for a monetary reward. In some places, the tradition dates back centuries. In Ermioni, it has been observed for the past 25 years, reports the AP.

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