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.
A small but beautiful festival in the small island of Saria, next to Karpathos. The festival is a celebration of the small, family owned church of Saint Zacharias, on his name day, September 5.
Saint Averky is the protector of wines, at least in Santorini island. Santorini has two churches after Saint Averky, a name not too common in Greece, one in Pyrgos and the other in Emporio villages. On his name day, the winemakers of Santorini open the new wine barrels as a custom. This is what I wanted to experience and by the way taste some of the brilliant wine that Santorini makes.
Below is a house I see something I have never seen before elsewhere in Greece. An image of Christ who smiles. I go in and stare at him for a while. I liked the idea.
After eating a delicious food, singing starts. There are local musicians playing. Oldest men sing first, the priest also. In a while, dancing starts. This will last until morning.