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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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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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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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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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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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