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Greek Islanders Climb the 'Zig-Zag Path' on Aug. 15 Feast Day

Folegandros is a small, quiet Greek island that remains virtually unknown to tourists. However, for Greeks, this island is steeped in the legend of the Virgin Mary. It is the scene of celebration on one of the most important Greek...

Greek Faithful Rush to See "Miracle Snakes" of Panagia in Kefalonia (video)

Hundreds of Greek Orthodox believers rushed once again this year to Markopoulo, in the island of Kefalonia to worship and watch the "Virgin Mary Miracle Snakes" that roam freely in and around the Panagia Fidousa Church. Panagia Fidousa - or...

Flashback to the Sinking of Legendary Greek Cruiser Elli in Tinos (video)

August 15, 1940, just after 8 am. At the waterfront of Tinos thousands of believers were preparing to attend the holly mass at the Church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary near the port. The vendors had set up their...

Assumption Day: Greece Celebrates the Dormition of Virgin Mary

On August 15th Greeks all over the country will celebrate one of Christianity’s most significant days, the Dormition of Virgin Mary (Panagia). Some call this day “the summer Easter” to show the importance of the celebration, and many thousands of...

Greek Capital Becomes a Ghost City as Athenians Take a Holiday (photos)

As most Athenians have fled the city by ships, planes, cars, trains and buses, the center of the Greek capital seems literally deserted. Most Greeks take their annual holiday around Assumption Day, on August 15. The few that have remained, chose...

Dormition of Theotokos: The 'Easter' of Summer

Greeks consider the Dormition of Theotokos on August 15 to be the "Easter" of summer and celebrate it with great splendor throughout the country. In Imathia, Central Macedonia, faithful from Greece and abroad visit the Panagia Sumela Monastery, a historic...

President Papoulias Booed at Assumption Church in Arta

Greek President Karolos Papoulias - as he was at other Greek holidays as the government is cutting back people's pay, raising taxes and slashing pensions during an economic crisis - was booed again at a public appearance, this time...

Greek Customs Across Greece on Assumption Day, August 15

On August 15th - also a public holiday - 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...