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August 15

Greece Marks Feast of the Virgin Mary Amidst Corona Scare

Orthodox faithful throughout Greece are marking one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary on Saturday, as the country is fighting to contain the spread of coronavirus. Also called the Assumption, the Feast...

Maria, Greece’s Most Popular Female Name Honored on August 15

As Greeks around the world prepare to celebrate “Summer Easter” on Saturday, as the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is called in Greek popular tradition, the nation is also ready to honor those bearing Greece’s most popular female name, Maria. August...

Greece Announces 151 New Coronavirus Cases; Cancellation of All August 15 Services

On Friday, the Greek National Health Organization, EODY, announced a total of 151 coronavirus infections in Greece, with the vast majority of them -- 144-- being of domestic origin. Only seven of the cases detected since Thursday were detected...

The Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is Celebrated Throughout Greece

Greece marks the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, one of the most important days in Orthodox Christianity, in many different ways on August 15 every year. This day is a beloved public holiday which is also often referred...

Meteorologists Expect New Week-long Heat Wave to Hit Greece

Temperatures in Greece are expected to rise gradually, beginning on Wednesday, with meteorologists expecting a new heat wave by the weekend which could possibly last through August 15th. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service issued an emergency announcement that temperatures may...

Athens Empties as Greeks Leave for Summer Vacation

With the approach of the Aug. 15 holiday, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, the last wave of Athenians left the capital city for their summer vacations on Tuesday, putting the coast guard and traffic police on standby. The highways...

Greek Weather Warning Looms over August 15 Holiday

Greece is facing heavy storms on Wednesday, with the authorities issuing a warning ahead of the public holiday tomorrow. According to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, people in northwest Greece can expect to see stormy weather from noon onwards in Epirus,...

The Big Exodus: Athenians Desert the City En Masse for August Holiday

Athens is starting to look like a deserted city as the last remaining Athenians flock to ports, bus and train terminals for the traditional mid-August exodus around the August 15, Assumption Day Holiday. One of the largest exits in recent...

Locals Revive Old Religious Tradition on Greek Island of Patmos

August 15 in almost here and Greeks are preparing for all the customs and traditions that will take place in celebration of Panagia, the Virgin Mary. On the Greek island of Patmos locals are preparing for the revival of...

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...