Sunday , August 9 2020

The first “Senio” in Zakynthos

Tonight Preparations for Saint Dionysios day Start….

Announcements known as “Senio” were heard this evening. Our Patron Saint’s Official Name Day will take place on the 17th December.

The first calling of “Senio” as it is known in Zakynthos is the announcement that next week is the feast of our patron St. Dionysios.

Just as the sun sets, a little after 5 pm this afternoon, the church fired 12 cannon shots. These symbolize the 12 months of the year and the days the relics of our Holy Dionysios remains “in his chamber”.

In addition to that, from the Church bell tower, the Church of St. Dionysios sounded solemnly the Senia, kampanokrousies, as we say.

Residents of the town and throughout the whole island, when hearing the cannon shots and church bells, will turn towards the direction of the church. They will make the sign of the cross in Greek orthodox way.  Wishing “Xronia Polla for the following year.” With the benefit of our Saint.”

Many Zakynthians will gather underneath the Church bells within the square of the church, to watch closely the Senia. The next Senia will be continued on the eve of Saint Dionysios’ feast.

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About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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