This is how Greece celebrates August 15th: The famous Virgin of Tinos, the snakes of Kefalonia and the epitaph of Skiathos

Burial in Patmos, shutterstock photos

The 15th of August and the Christians everywhere celebrate the Holy Metacon of Theotokos by the Earth today.

“You are for the angels and all the worldly powers infinite bliss, for the patriarchs of endless joy, for the righteous indefinite delight, for the prophets of enduring rejoicing! Bless the world, sanctify the universes. For the restored you are a breath, for the mourning consolations, for the sick cured, for the seaside harbor, for the sinner’s pardon, for the sorrowful benevolent support, for those who are seeking your willing help, “reads his message.” of Engomi of Saint John of Damascus in the Assumption.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Tinos for the 15th of August
“Come Lady and Our Lady  with Your Lighted Candles  Shine the Light on the Sun and Death”, is mentioned in the “Roof of Love” of the 20th century. by Ulysses Elytis.

August 15th, Easter summer
Her sacred face has inspired both Byzantine hymns praised by her and Modern Greek poets seeking her intercession, as well as many representatives of art, painting, prose, poetry, music.
However, today, as we celebrate the “Easter of summer”, inspiration, prayer, hope, devotion and joy are spread among the multitude of faithful Christians who flock to every church of Our Lady and celebrate because the Assumption is not a liturgy. event for the people, because the Virgin Mary “moved to life” and with her Assumption preceded the glory that awaits us. In Greece, Themistoric Metastasis is celebrated with great splendor in every corner of the country where there is a separate Virgin Mary.

Notable celebrations for the 15th of August

Our Lady of Tinos
In Tinos, where the largest pilgrimage is held, the celebration of Our Lady was instituted by the Royal Decree of 1836 to be eight days long and last until the “nine days of Theotokos”, on August 23, when hymns and praises are chanted and praised in an atmosphere of excitement. the picture.
At the same time, on the island, the Greeks also honor those who were lost when the Italians torpedoed and sank “Elli” in the port of Panagia.
In Panagia Sumelas, a symbol of Pontic faith, a pan-Hellenic pilgrimage is the icon of the Virgin Mary, the work of Evangelist Luke, the cross of Emperor Emmanuel Komninos and the holy gospel of Father Christopher, also a gift of Emperor Ko. There, on the slopes of Vermio, thousands of pilgrims, as well as representatives of Federations and Pontic Associations from Greece and abroad, will also participate in sacred rituals and cultural events this year.

In Paros the Virgin of Ekatontapyliani
In Paros, which today becomes a pole of attraction, celebrates Panagia Ekatontapyliani. Its temple, for which there are two names, “Katapoliani” and “Ekatontapyliani”, is located in the island’s capital, Parikia. According to tradition, the Katopoliani has ninety-nine clear doors, while the hundredth is closed and not visible. This door will open and open when the Greeks take over the City. Other legends refer to St. Helen who, on the way to the Holy Land in order to find the Holy Cross, reached Paros and prayed in a small temple at the site of Ekatontapyliani. In her prayer she told her that if she found the Holy Cross, she would build a large temple at that location. Her prayer was heard. She found the Holy Cross and, carrying out her baptism, he erected the magnificent temple of Ekatontapyliani, which, however, was largely destroyed, probably by fire, and was rebuilt on Justinian in the mid-6th century. It is also rumored that St. Helen’s baptism was completed by her son Saint Constantine, the Byzantine emperor, as she herself did not catch up.

In Kozani, there is a special celebration of the 15th of August at the historic monastery of Panagia in Mikrokastro, in the municipality of Vojo, where thousands of worshipers worship the icon of the Virgin, dating back to 1603, and a recent survey dates to the 13th. Faithful people from all over Greece visit the monastery to worship her image.

Noteworthy, the custom of the “Siatista horsemen” that attracts thousands of visitors, as horsemen from Siatista and the surrounding area visit the monastery on their gallant horses. The festival has its roots in the period of the Turkish occupation, when it was an opportunity for the enslaved to show their leventia and their desire for freedom and it has been described as a feast of leventia and daring.

On the island of Papadiamantis, Skiathos, the eve of the eve of the Panagia Epiphany departs from the eve of the eve, under the touching melody of the Enigomes of Theotokos that all the Scythians sing together.

Patmos the island of Orthodoxy
On the island of Orthodoxy, Patmos, where the historic Monastery of Apocalypse is located, the epitaph is wandered by monks in the alleys of the island, with the bells ringing endlessly.

Zagori villages
In Zagorohoria, renowned throughout Greece for the festivities of the 15th of August, events in memory of the Assumption of the Virgin are three days long and give the opportunity for a tricolor feast with traditional Epirus purposes.

In Thassos, in the village of Panagia, after the frenzy of the icon, accompanied by a large band, the faithful gather in the courtyard of the church where they sit at a festive table containing potatoes, rice and beef stew.

In Lesvos, Panagia Agiasotissa offers one of the most beautiful festivals of the Eastern Aegean. Many pilgrims from the town of Mytilene walk 25 kilometers to reach the church, where they spend the night. In the picturesque town of Agiassos one experiences the whole atmosphere of a genuine island festival.

In Karpathos, the island of Dodecanese, the Virgin Mary of Olympus is celebrated in the most devastating way. Here, the functions are deeply linked to the mourning for the departed Virgin Mary. The culmination of the celebration is the traditional Lower Dance that starts with the men in a steady, slow-paced, chilling mood. Following are the women dressed in their stunning traditional traditional costumes.

In Kefalonia, near the village of Markopoulo, the snakes of the Virgin Mary attract thousands of pilgrims every year , who witness with their own eyes a unique phenomenon. Every August 15 small acacia snakes appear on the dome of the church. According to legend, these are the nuns of an old monastery in the area who, in order not to fall into the hands of pirates, begged Panagia to transform them into snakes.

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