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Tag Archives: Traditions

Celebrations in Zakynthos today. Saint George and the Litany of Laurentaina

Religious Celebrations continue in Zakynthos today, perhaps the most unique of all is the Festival in Voidi today. (more information will be given in the book Zakynthos the flower of the East ) Early in the morning the icons of the Resurrection and Laurentaina are taken up from the Holy Trinity …

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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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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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