Sunday, 3 June 2012

Pentecost Sunday ...

This morning the church was very busy - Its a very religious day here on Skiathos ...

Pentecost in Greece happens fifty days after Greek Easter. While in some Christian denominations, this religious holiday slides by with relatively little fanfare, in Orthodox Greece Pentecost is vigorously celebrated. For the more secularly-minded traveler in Greece, it can even be thought of as a kind of "second Easter" if you've unfortunately missed the first.

It occurs on the seventh Sunday after Easter, or the "Fiftieth Day", and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is also known as Trinity Sunday.

"Pente" in Pentecost is an easy way to help remember the number "five" in Greek if you can associate it with the "50 days". Like other religious holidays in Greece, such as Easter itself and the Feast of the Virgin Mary on August 15th, transit schedules may shift and extra ferries or ferry stops may be added to accommodate Pentecost travelers {}

The observance is much less than Easter, however there are many visitors here from the mainland enjoying the lovely weather.

Monday will be a public holiday, and the tavernas should be very busy ...

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