Wednesday , January 20 2021

Tradition

Zakynthos…. Saint Nicholaos,Christmas celebrations start.

We know him here, in Zakynthos, as Agios Nikolaos. (Saint Nicholas). For many Zakynthians, St. Nicholas day which is celebrated on the 6th December, would probably be the start of Christmas celebrations. As for the Islander’s fishermen, it was on this day that most had their ships decorated in commemoration …

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Zakynthian poem turned into a song… (VIDEO)

Good Morning to all our members!! This morning I leave you to listen to a Zakynthian song which originally was a poem by Leneta Strani. However, the song was given melody by John Pantakis just recently. The word Barcarole meaning a song traditionally sung by Venetian gondoliers talks about romance. …

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Zakynthos:- Lithakia “A song for everyone” by Ionio Kyma

Morning all and ΚΑΛΗ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑ (have a good week).. In the village of Lithakia yesterday we saw the “Ionio Kyma” serande the villagers. This type of entertainment is typically Zakynthian. In these particular songs they tell a story. http:// In the song below, the singer is telling the people that …

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Easter Celebrations start tonight!

Greeks are celebrtating Easter today, well at least the ressurection. Due to covid-19 restrictions many were unable to go to the church and celebrate. Notice from Archdiocese. With a circular of the Archdiocese which was sent to monasteries and churches, today the Resurrection will be celebrated, which due to the …

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Greek Easter, Zakynthos. Holy week begins. (VIDEO)

This year due to COVID-19 our churches are closed. However, within the church the Easter spirit still shines brightly.  For centuries their traditions have kept them together even during the most devastating earthquakes of the past, they did not stop or think twice to close their church’s doors. Ton between …

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Piccolo Carnival 2020. (Video)

So, you didn’t get down to see the piccolo carnival…. never mind zantetimes.gr and zakynthosinformer.com have got you covered 😉 A complete video of all the event that took place today in town, Sunday 23rd February, 2020. Enjoy! http://

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Carnevale, Carnival, Apokreas….. Meatfare Sunday.

Tomorrow is known as Apokreas. Apokreas means literally saying goodbye to meat – Apoxh apo kreas – apo-kreas. In Latin the roots of the word Carnival has the same meaning – ‘carne’ is meat and ‘vale’ goodbye. So, as you see it’s not just about having fancy dress parties and …

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Church bells announce Soul Saturday, Zakynthian Traditions.

Most living on our Island would have hear the Church bells chime this evening. Prayers have already taken place earlier this afternoon in preparation for “Soul Saturday” It is a Greek orthodox tradition, the remembrance of those who are no longer with us. *Soul Saturday* in Zakynthos it is celebrated …

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Pig Sunday…..

Tomorrow in Zakynthos, the day is not only known to Zakynthians as ‘The prodgial Son’ but most would call it Pig Sunday. The name is derived from the Byzantine era, when people would prepare their pigs for slaughter, as meat was allowed to be consumed before the stricter Lent period. …

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Christmas cheer in Kalamiki…Sunday 15/12

Tomorrow, Sunday 15th December, 2019 Kalamiki will light up their Christmas tree. In a festive atmosphere the cultural association of Kalamaki “Mouses” invites all to join in on the Christmas celebrations. Kalamaki’s Christmas tree will be officially lit up at the community centre in Kalamaki, whilst the Children of the …

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