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Feast of the Dormition
« on: Tuesday, 14 August, 2018 @ 13:32:12 »
August 15: A Greece-wide Spiritual Salute to the Holy Mother

August 15 is for Greeks a day of celebration as important as Easter, marking the Virgin Mary’s spiritual sleep and departure from the physical realm. On this day, churches and chapels, monasteries and nunneries commemorate the passing of the Theotokos or the “God bearer” and communities of faithful hold massive feasts. For the unassuming traveler, the experience should not be missed.

Besides marking the crux of the summer season, the Feast of the Dormition is commemorated all over Greece with grand events and massive open-air festivals featuring plenty of food, song and dance. In the past, fasting was practiced from August 1 and the church did not perform wedding services in that time.

Among the most known for the splendour of their festivities dedicated to the “Koimisis tis Theotokou” (meaning Her “falling asleep” and ascending into heaven) are Tinos, Paros, Nisyros, Kefalonia and the northern Greece village of Kastania.