Oct 20, 2016

Agios Gerasimos and Artemios celebration


A great religious celebration and a day when many of the island residents celebrate their name day is today, 20 October. It is Saint Gerasimos and Artemios celebration and many churches on the island are dedicated to their memory.
Two of the biggest celebrations are in Firostefani and Vourvoulos. The beautiful main church of Firostefani with its blue dome, Agios Gerasimos, is located exactly on the path that connects Fira to Firostefani. After the morning service, a fair usually follows with free food and wine for everyone, accompanied with live music.
Agios Artemios, the beautiful small church with the blue dome, on your left while driving from Vourvoulos to Oia on the road near the sea, celebrates today too in a quiet and picturesque location. Many other churches in Emporio, Messaria, Kontochori and elsewhere celebrate today. You will recognize them by their beautiful flags decorating them!