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The Holy Light is making its way to Zakynthos (VIDEO)

Orthodox tradition holds that the Holy Fire happens annually on the day preceding Orthodox Pascha (Orthodox Easter.) During this time, blue light is said to emit within Jesus Christ’s tomb, rising from the marble slab covering the stone bed believed to be that upon which Jesus’ body is to have been …

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Zakynthos:- Soul Saturday… We will always remember.

Greek orthodox tradition….the remembrance of those who are no longer with us. *Soul Saturday* in Zakynthos it is celebrated today with an afternoon service at all churches. Special bread is made, known as *prosforo* and given to the church for blessing usually in honour of the dead. Koliva is also …

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Zakynthos:- A story to tell…….Celebrating Tsiknopempti.

Although this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zakynthians will be celebrating differently it doesn’t mean that families will go without their BBQ! What is Tsiknopempti? Greeks celebrate Tsiknopempti, which literally means “Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat”. Tsikno being the smoke from the grilled meat and Pempti being …

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Zakynthos:- “Ασωτου” tomorrow…. What does it mean?

Among the Carnival festivities let’s not forget that this period is pre-lent and its ties are based on religious facts. All this week it was the theme of the Pharisee and the tax collector. As of this Sunday the theme is ‘the Prodigal Son’. The Orthodox Church traditionally reads this …

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Triodion period starts Sunday 21st February,2021

Sunday 21st of February, 2020 until the last day,  Sunday 14th of March, 2020 It is that time of year where most Zakynthians will say “we’ve entered the triodion”.   Exactly what is the triodion? Most of us that are not aware of what triodion means, would say ‘Carnival Period’. …

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Trips within the EU

Many ask what alcohol and tobacco they can bring home from holiday and if there are any limits. As a holidaymaker to the EU there is currently no limit on what an individual can buy or take home from Greece. However, any products you buy must be for your own …

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