By Sofia, Aug 12 2018 05:35AM
It is tradition for Greeks to flock to their home villages or the islands where their roots lie and there to attend celebrations at churches throughout the country
Preparation for the feast of 15 August begins on 1 August with a period of strict fasting that dictates abstention from anything that derives from a living creature. Therefore, no meat, no dairy products, no eggs, but also no oil or wine except on Saturdays and Sundays. Seafood/fish is permitted on 6 August, and finally, on 15 August, which marks the end of the fast.
The direction of the fast is spiritual, but many take part to detox, as a gesture of community spirit, or for creative reasons, which is to use the choice of food within the guidelines, but still achieve variety in its preparation.