Orthodox Feasts in Greece

There is a rhythm to the lives of those who live the Orthodox faith: a rhythm as natural and rhythmic as breathing itself, which deepens our understanding of God and our life as members of the Body of Christ.The Orthodox year begins liturgically on September 1st. The original reason for this was that in the region in which Christianity began and from which it spread, people’s lives were dependent upon the agricultural cycle.
Thus, the end of harvest was the end of the agricultural year and the end of the liturgical year. September 1st marked the point when people began preparing for the new agricultural year and thus it was appropriate that people began the new liturgical year. Liturgically we begin our year with readings that mark the beginning of the ministry of Jesus.
Orthodox Feasts in Greece

Panagia Soumela - Imathia, Kastania

Panagia Soumela – Imathia, Kastania

Assumption Day – August 15th
Thousands of believers from all over Greece and abroad flock each year to attend the events that take place in Panagia Soumela, the historic church located on the slopes of Vermion, near the village Kastania.

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Panagia Evangelistria - Cyclades, Tinos

Panagia Evangelistria – Cyclades, Tinos

Assumption Day – August 15th
The pilgrimage to Panagia Evangelistria is probably the largest religious pilgrimage of Hellenism. The island is completely associated with the Virgin Mary, and thousands of believers flock to the island every year.

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Easter in Corfu - Ionian, Corfu

Easter in Corfu – Ionian Islands, Corfu

Greek Orthodox Easter
The celebration of Easter in Corfu is a unique experience and it is completely different from anywhere else in Greece. It is particularly impressive for first-time visitors to the island.

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Night of the Balloons - Peloponnese, Leonidio

Night of the Balloons – Peloponnese, Leonidio

Orthodox Easter, Good Saturday
During Eastertime in Leonidio devoutness and excitement go hand in hand, thanks to the spectacular custom of the balloons that is more than one century old.

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Litany of St. Gerasimos - Kefalonia, Omala

Litany of St. Gerasimos – Kefalonia, Omala

Saint Gerasimos’ Assumption – August 16th
An Archieratic Liturgy is held on Saint Gerasimos Day followed by a Litany which is attended by clergy, nuns, monks, officials and thousands of Christians.

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Easter Rocket War - Chios, Vrontados

Easter Rocket War – Chios, Vrontados

Orthodox Easter, Good Saturday
The Rocket war is a “war” between two parishes of Vrontados, Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani. The event is said to have begun some time in the years of Ottoman rule of the island. However, there is no evidence as to when and how this happened.

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