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Δευτέρα, 14 Απριλίου 2014

Have you ever been in a “paniyiri”?


Have you ever been in a “paniyiri”?

A centuries old tradition of the island are the festivals or “paniyiria” organized on the eve of the day a saint is celebrated. They attract crowds of cheerful islanders as well as many foreigners not only chanting and praying but cooking, eating, drinking and feasting long into the night outside in the whitewashed forecourts of the churches or in the villages’ central square.

The paniyiri starts with a service in the church of the village dedicated to the saint that feasts, where a special treatment, in memory of those beloved who aren’t among us anymore, is offered to guests. Then the orchestra is taking places and the journey begins. Food, drinks, dance, joy. Paniyiri is there to offer you memorable experience.

The most famous paniyiria of Chios are:

Pr. Elias In kalamoti on July, 20
Ag. Fotini, in Agia Fotini on August, 12
Ag. Mama in Afrodisia on September, 2
Ag. Ermioni in Agia Ermioni on September, 4

discover more at:
Real Chios
A project dedicated to Chios Island of Greece

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