Panagia, August 15thAugust 15th is the most important religious holiday in
|One place the 'many' gather at our house|
|Takis, our resident philosopher, gives advice to his daughter|
So, the entire country is virtually shut down, and everyone takes advantage of the long weekend to celebrate with family members. There are seven of us in our house at the moment, but other large holiday houses nearby are filled to overflowing. (unfortunately so are the septic pits, and the sewage trucks are very busy.) Sorry about adding that note, but it is part of the flavour of the island at present.
What is it all about, well the celebration is for Panagia (Virgin Mary) who is supposed to have ascended to the heavens on this day. Those that have this as a name day have related names, Maria, Mary, Marios, and Panagiotis, or Panayotis, etc.
Celebrations at Our House
We have celebrated Takis (Panayotis) name day. We had ten visitors calling in to wish him well, and many phone calls from other members of the family. We’d had a lunch the day before for ten, and on the day there were the seven of us.
|This pie was made by our resident sweets chef!|
|Galaktobouriko, made for Takis name day|
|Another get-together this month has featured an Egyptian meal|
|This is a Greek Family who grew up in Alexandria, and love Egyptian food|
August Greek Name Days,
Greek Orthodox Saints Days
- August 6 - Sotiris, Sotiria
- August 7 - Asterios
- August 15 - Assumption Day - Maria, Marios, Despina, Panagiotis, Panayotis, Koimisi tis Theotokos, Thespina
- August 24 - Kosmas
- August 25 - Titos
- August 26 - Andrianos, Natalias, Nathalia, Natalia
- August 27 - Fanourios
- August 30 - Alexandros, Alexandra
Even the most elaborate holidays acquire a simple meaning in remote places, with a humble candle and a prayer and this day is celebrated in almost every town and village in
|Meanwhile, everyday life goes on. Can they mend this old washing machine?|