The local legend has it that the miraculous icon traveled on a raft, with a lit vigil light always next to it, which was not blown out by either the winds or the waves, leading the religionists from the Turkish-ruled Crete to the coasts of Ios.
Every August 15, Orthodox Christians from all over the world crawl to the church of Our Lady of Tinos in Greece...
The days of Avlona as locals call it. After the festival in the ancient city of Vrykous, Olympians go and stay in their houses in Avlona. This is a village near Olympus where Olympians grow vegetables and grapes. Music and dance is present as usual.
This is a very old custom that takes place in the ancient city of Vrykous, in the island of Karpathos. The cave church of Saint John celebrates and the believers walk for one and a half hour from the nearest village through a difficult road.
Some summers after my teenage years I spent in Kos. One of my childhood friends originated from the island and we went to his vacation home. So I have plenty of pleasant memories from this island and now that I photograph all over Greece, I could not neglect it. I know of course that the tourist industry has the upper hand since then, but like every place in Greece, Kos has a great tradition behind, which I was determined to discover. Among hordes of tourists looking for cheap blue and vitamin D, some residents try to preserve what may have been left from past times.
I you happen to be in Olympos, during August, you might be lucky enough to witness the transportation of a groom's dowry to the bride's place before their marriage. A very old traditional custom
If you happen to be in Olympos village of Karpathos island during August, you might be lucky enough to see a traditional wedding taking place. I was able to see both a wedding and an engagement.