The monastery of Saint Panteleimon, near Vlasti Kozanis, celebrates its patron saint. Many pilgrims arrive to pray and at the same time the villagers climb the mountain on the back of their horses.
Every August 15, Orthodox Christians from all over the world crawl to the church of Our Lady of Tinos in Greece...
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.
GREECE. Crete island. Rethymnon . Monastery of Virgin Mary of the Rock (Panagia Charakiani). Pilgrims living for 15 days in self made sheds around the Monastery, for the fast before the Assumption of Mary.
During the summertime, months of July and August, you might be lucky enough to be invited in a traditional wedding in Anogia, the traditional, highest altitude village of Crete island
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.
On January 6, the water is blessed and a cross is being cast in the sea, lake or nearby river for that purpose. Some men will dive in to catch the cross. The one who gets it will have luck in the following year.
The traditional Easter in Olympos comes to its peak on Easter Tuesday, that is the Tuesday after the Easter. The Icons of the central church are carried around the village.
Once in a year in Santorini island and during the Holy Week of the Greek Orthodox Easter a one-of-a-kind Epitaph procession takes place at the quaint village of Pyrgos.
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.