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