Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Day of the Panagia ...

Rain from 04:30am ...

Not the best start to the day, nor for me either. Juniors cold has worked it's way through the house. Just when I thought I had it beat, it's laid me low again. Last night SWMBO said, I sounded like Darth Vader without the mask.

No Panagia for me this year - Grounded ...

The rain has been heavy at times, with distant rolling thunder. There has been some nasty weather in the Mediterranean, these last few days, even a cyclone over Sardinia, that system is heading into the Adriatic, putting Venice in danger. Plenty of snow for the alps too.

Our current bad weather crossed the mainland overnight, hopefully loosing its energy as it passed. The Ionian islands, beautiful in summer, are a desolate place in winter. Our weather system should head east. Still we have a damp few days in prospect ...

Friends in the Platanias valley, that's not another tremor - Its just me coughing ...

08:30am and the rain has passed over towards Skyros ...


Proteus is loading for its trip to the mainland ...


Junior arrived at School, everyone being briefed by the teachers, to collect their children at 11:00am for today is the Panagia. The baker told me to take two loaves today, they are closed tomorrow, for the return of the icon - Panagia day two ...

The Skiathos Calendar by Betsy Barnard mentions ... 

Panayia Kounistra (The presentation of the mother of god in the temple, 
i.e. when she was taken to serve in the temple as a child aged about 12) 

On the morning of the 20th the miraculous icon is brought up to the top 
church and taken out of the town about 2.30. The bells ring in town at about 
1.00. People follow on foot on the old road to Kounistra. At the monastery 
of Kounistra an evening service, all night vigil, bonfires food, much 
feasting. Buses run to the monastery all evening. 

Early next morning, about 5am the icon is taken back along the old road to 
town, people following on foot. To Ayia Triada about 8am, down the old paved 
road to the Kalo Pigadi and along the main road to the Tries Hieraches. 
Service 9 - 10.30 ...

The weather held off, and in sweltering sunshine, the villagers started their way to Kounistra. The Icon made its way up to Acropolis, many of the old ladies were getting the first honour of carrying the Icon ...

The gunmen start the Panagia off with a bang ...

Not a good day to be a seagull ...
Vasilis our Butcher, ensuring things are done correctly ..
Pappa Yorgos ...
The people of Skiathos ...

Friends are pleased to see you ...
The icon passes from one villager to another ...
The Lady passed the icon to her Grandaughter
here with the Mayor Nikos Plomaritis ...
The Icon ...


Now the icon is on its journey, the clouds have started to build. The picnic baskets and candles will need to be kept dry tonight, as many of the villagers will stay at Kounistra until the morning, when they return to town with the icon ...





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8 comments:

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    1. Hi Marion, Thanks pleased you like them. Blog very busy today :)

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  2. I agree with Marion. Thank you so much for the photos you publish, especially today. So informative. xx

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    1. Hi Sue, Thanks for posting, Its a different side of Skiathos, one that many do not see - The real Skiathos ...

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    2. Great Photos......Don't forget to take your honey and lemon , have tried it and it really works .

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    3. Made a batch yesterday, Have been laid low by germs brought home by Junior, before I could get the linctus made ...

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  3. I made 2 jars of the nectar last week and it's all gone! Lovely stuff we have been drinking it every day and we don't even have colds :-)

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  4. PS hope you all feel better soon...

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