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The first Hairetismous (Greetings)

This evening around Zakynthos, the first Hairetismous as we say in Zakynthos, began. Known as the A’ Hairetismous, which is the first part of an akathist ( in Greek, akathistos meaning not sitting). It is a hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the …

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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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Sunday 9th of February Zakynthos enters the triodion.

sunday 9th of February, 2020 until the last day,  Sunday 1st 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’ What is …

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Υπαπαντή….Candlemas celebrations today!

History of Candlemas Near the end of the winter season, as ancient people looked forward to the planting season of spring, many different cultures found ways to celebrate this shift from the cold and dark days to a happier and more productive time of year. Hypapante (Ὑπαπαντή, “Meeting” in Greek). …

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