Monday, 22 November 2010

Eikonistra ...

The icon returned today to Tries Hieraches from Kounistra ...

I mentioned in a previous post that the icon was taken on a pilgramage from the top church Panagia i Limia, to the monastery at Kounistra. Its a very important religious event here on the island and much celebrated by the townsfolk.

Today it made the return journey to Panagia i Limia, its arrival heralded by the ringing of the church bells across the village. At 11am the congregation left the church at Tries Hieraches, and led by the Skiathos band, and ladies in traditional island dress, made their way up to Panagia i Limia to collect the Icon and return it to its home at Tries Hieraches.

The icon, is then paraded on the town as it is returned home to Tries Hieraches, again led by the band. Here they are on the Paralia ...


On up the seven steps ...


Once back at the church the bells rang out, and the crowd was blessed by the senior Papa

and the icon returned home again to Tries Hieraches ...


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