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Tag Archives: Traditions

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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Zakynthian Traditions, Ypapanti, candlemas

Today our Church celebrates the eve of the Assumption of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 …

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The Vasilopita…… A tradition that has slowly crept into Zakynthian homes

Not so much a Zakynthian tradition, but one that has snuck into the traditions over the years is the Vasilopita. You will see them for sale in the bread shops freshly baked tomorrow. Based on the same tradition the Zakynthians have for the Kouloura, however the Kouloura has its roots …

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Christmas in Zakynthos:- Keri, and Agala, Katastari, Agios Kirikas, Lithakia & Zakynthos Town

In these difficult times its great to see that the spirit of Christmas is still alive. The the cultural association of Keri “Ampelos” and the community of Keri with the photo below send their wishes tried to give a light of joy to the hearts of all of us! We …

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Zakynthos celebrates her Patron Saint, Agios Dionysios.

The events for Saint Dionysios behind closed doors.   The festive events for our patron saint of the island of Zakynthos, Agios Dionysios, will be held behind closed doors this year due to coronavirus restrictions. A sad thought considering that this time of year Zakynthians would flood our church to …

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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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8th of November XRONIA POLLA! Just what are we celebrating?

Today’s “Yiorti” is  a special one, we are celebrating and honouring our Archangels. The Synaxis of the Chief of the Heavenly Hosts, Archangel Michael and Gabriel and the Other Heavenly Bodiless Powers: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel. Of the Brigadier, two of them, Michael and Gabriel …

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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:- Saint Dionysios three day celebrations, PROGRAMME 2020.

Feast Ceremonies of Saint Dionysios. During the three days from 23rd to 26th of August 2020, Zakynthos, with all formality and in accordance to the Hellenic Health Organisation regulations for the prevention of the transmission of Covid-19, celebrates the return of the Holy remains of Saint Dionysios **11.00a.m The announcement that …

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