One of the significant islands of the Aegean, Chios is the island most famous for Masticha, a unique product that grows only in its southern part, the fragrant plain with its citrus trees and its imposing villas, the Captains and the shipowners and the impressive rocket war at Vrontados between the two churches of the village during the Resurrection of Christ on Holy Saturday.
A lot of people come and stay in the monastery until late, chanting for the icon. I found a small cell with a fireplace and I decided to sleep there with a local guy since I should get up before sunrise to follow the litany. Most of the people have left, headed back home, planning to arrive in the morning, for the litany.
The relics of Saint Valentine are guided in a litany through the town of Mytilene on his name day. One of the few Catholic litanies taking place in Greece.
On the island of Skyros in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the sound of hundreds of bells vibrates the old town (Chora) during Apokries celebrations. The main figure of the island’s celebration is the “Old Man” (Geros).