Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Its a public holiday ...

Today August 15th, is a holiday in Greece ...

Greeks all over the country will celebrate one of Christianity’s most significant days, the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Some call this day “the summer easter” to show the importance of the celebration, and many thousands of people attend religious services throughout the country. - See Greek Reporter link here:

So 'summer easter' means the epitaphos has to be prepared, for its journey ...


Here on Skiathos, there was a procession around the Monastery at Evagelistrias last night, and the church bells rang out this morning across the island, Why ? Not only is today the 'Ascension of the Virgin Mary' Its also the name day of all the Maria's - See Xρόνια πολλά!

Waiters will be at optimum stress levels, and tavernas packed to the rafters today. Its the peak of the summer season. The last few days will have either made or will break the summer.

To the local this is it, 'summer is over' the ferries will  be full, as they start taking the mainlanders away, however to you, and me there are still seven weeks left, and some sense of normality still to return ...

However as its a bank holiday, the police are out and about, parking fines on the port, apparently walking is still permitted.

Χρόνια πολλά:

To Greek friends and acquaintances who are celebrating their name day today ...

Despoina, Deppy, Pipina, Despo, Pepi, Zepo, Elona, Theotokia, Theotokea, Kristalo, Kristalia, Crystal, Krysta, Krista, Maria (for married women), Mary, Maro, Marios, Mario, Mariori, Marika, Maroula, Maritsa, Margiori, Marigoula, Manio, Marietta, Marousa, Marsia, Marcy, Marietta, Margeta, Margetina, Mireille, Mirella, Myrella, Panayotis, Panagiotis, Panos, Panousos, Panagis, Panagos, Giotis, Yiotis, Panikos, Takis, Panagiota, Panayota, Yiota, Giota, Panagioula, Panagoula, Pani, Tota, Toula, Pegie, Pegy, Presvia, Simela, Symela, Soymela, Soumela, Gesthimani, Iesthimani, Gethsimani, Mariniki, Katholiki (source ©: www.namedays.gr)

A message from the Skiathos Dog Shelter:

'Just to remind everyone that we still have our quiz nights every Wednesday evening from 9pm at the Iguana Bar - Agia Paraskevi (bus stop 16). All money raised goes towards funding the shelter. We try to raise as much as we can during the summer months to keep us going through the winter'

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