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15th August: Summer Easter

By Sofia, Aug 24 2019 08:25AM

15 August is referred to also as the 'Summer Easter', and it is the busiest day of Orthodoxy in the summer months. It started long ago as a day of worship, dedicated to the Virgin, but gradually, over the years, it was transformed into a cultural summer celebration, featuring the individual traditions of each place it is held throughout Greece.


On Skopelos, amidst dancing and celebrations, a traditional τραχανά (trahana) meal is prepared and cheese pies fried. This is crushed wheat, boiled in goats milk to a consistency of porridge, which is then served to those present together with fried Skopelos cheese pies and wine. There is traditional dancing by adults and children throughout the night, lasting deep into into the early morning hours.


Photo of dancers by courtecy of Daphne of skopelosnews


15 August in front of the Panayista - and the dancing goes on
15 August in front of the Panayista - and the dancing goes on
Full moon beneath the clouds
Full moon beneath the clouds
The Holy Virgin of the Cliff
The Holy Virgin of the Cliff
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I'm Sofia, 39 Steps' owner and host. This is an occasional blog to keep in touch with my regular guests, give a taste of Skopeliti life and share my experiences of foraging through the summer season

 

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