Sunday, 8 July 2018

Holy Sunday - Icon Birthday ...

This morning is the celebration of the discovery of the 'miraculous icon' of Kounistra ...

Its also said to be the Islands birthday -  Χρόνια Πολλά Σκιάθος ...

Its a very important event here on Skiathos. The Icon will be paraded around the village after church service this morning.

Flags and bunting ...
The church will be very busy this morning, with the locals taking glasses of holy water back to their homes. You sprinkle the water on the floor, around the house, shop or business and let it dry naturally.

It will bring the house, and all those who enter, good luck.

On the harbour all the boats will salute the miraculous icon, with blasts from their horns, as the icon passes by as it returns to Tries Hieraches ...

This event usually takes a few tourists by surprise as the village folk, approach down Papadamatis street in a somber procession. One minute you are looking at postcards, or getting into a 'full english' and then the village pass by in their Sunday best.

Not quite sure what the lady on the icon thinks, of the often somewhat bare flesh, or tattoos on display as she passes by either ...

But after last nights storm, everything will be clean and fresh.

Coincidence? Maybe ...

Previous Blog: What a day ...

1 comment:

  1. Glad I share my birthday with the most beautiful place God has created in skiathos, hope you all have a wonderful day, and it scorching hot here in old blighty already 27 degrees and set to get to 33 somewhere in the Midlands today

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