Aug 14, 2015

Preparation for the Assumption of Virgin Mary

Everybody on the island is getting ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer, the Assumption of Virgin Mary into Heaven in mid-August, and gather in churches dedicated to Her so as to honor her, as she is considered inspiration and comfort.
There are about 50 churches dedicated to Virgin Mary in Santorini celebrating tonight and tomorrow! Among the most important celebrations of the Assumption held in Santorini are the church of "Panagia Episkopi" in Mesa Gonia, the church of the "Assumption" in Akrotiri, the "Assumption" in Firostefani and in Megalochori and "Panagia Kokini" in Karterados.

You can easily understand where these festivals are held by the crowds and the colorful little flags decorating the churches. You will be surprised by the hospitality of the locals and the massive participation of believers in the preparation and cooking of the food.