Category Archives: Holidays

15. August

Kalimera kai

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Among the most known for the splendour of their festivities dedicated to the “Koimisis tis Theotokou” (meaning Her “falling asleep” and ascending into heaven) are Tinos, Paros, Nisyros, Kefalonia and the northern Greece village of Kastania.»

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Last night there was a parade from the church of Papameletiou
along the Paralia, and Kostas Psatas was the lead singer,
a good friend of many Norwegians,
who has stayed at his family Place Soulas House.

This morning when walking the doggies
I could see all the cars parked at

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There was a morning mass there, as every year!

This is up from Glisteri, the beach is to the right of my photo.

Tonight we go Agnondas with friends, beauty and music!

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❣️🇬🇷❣️ Χρόνια Πολλά Έλλαδα ❣️🇬🇷❣️


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Agia Katerini 25th of November


«Todays namedays;  Aikaterine, Aikaterini, Katerina, Kaiti, Karen, Caren, Carin, Caron, Caronn, Carren, Carrin, Carron, Carryn, Caryn, Carynn, Carynne, Karan, Kari, Karin, Karna, Karon, Karren, Karrin, Karryn, Karyn, Kerran, Kerrin, Kerron, Kerrynn, Keryn, Kerynne, Merkourios (source ©:

«Saint Catherine of Alexandria, or Saint Catharine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine (Coptic: Ϯⲁⲅⲓⲁ Ⲕⲁⲧⲧⲣⲓⲛ, Greek: ἡ Ἁγία Αἰκατερίνα ἡ Μεγαλομάρτυς) is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian around the age of fourteen, converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18. More than 1,100 years following her martyrdom, Saint Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and counselled her.» This is from and you can read more there!

As I wrote the other day, the Greek Orthodox cellebrathes namedays much more than birthdays! So if you know a Katerina or a Merkourios send a greeting!

Today reminds me of a great woman who left us this autumn


Katerina Provias former Magic Cars – RIP


6th of January -Τα Άγια Θεοφάνεια – Τα Φώτα

tafota7Big holiday today

(My photos here are from earlier years.)

Namedays of
Theopoula, Theopi, Theofania, Theofanis, Fanis, Theano, Iordanis, Ourania, Urania, Rania, Peristera, Phani, Fenia, Fania, Fanoula, Fotine, Fotini, Foto, Fotoula, Fay, Fofo, Fotis, Fotios, Fotika, Photika, Fotiko, Photiko, Fota, Photo

Last years page


Greece, Cyprus

In Greece, Cyprus and the Greek diaspora throughout the world, the feast is called the Theophany,[80] or colloquially called the Phōta (Greek: Φώτα, “Lights”)[81] and customs revolve around the Great Blessing of the Waters.[82] It marks the end of the traditional ban on sailing, as the tumultuous winter seas are cleansed of the mischief-prone kalikántzaroi, the goblins that try to torment God-fearing Christians through the festive season. At this ceremony, a cross is thrown into the water, and the men clamour to retrieve it for good luck. The Phota form the middle of another festive triduum, together with Epiphany Eve, January 6 (and eve of January 5), when children sing the Epiphany carols, and the great feast of St. John the Baptist on January 7 (and eve of January 6),[83] when the numerous Johns and Joans celebrate their name-day.

The Feast of Epiphany includes many events which are perpetuating the ancient Greek customs. In the perception of the Greek people, Epiphany is “Great celebration Theotromi”. For some even regions of Macedonia (West) are the biggest festival of the year and each new garment “protoforoun the lights to illuminate.” But when dogmatic The Baptism of Christ symbolizes the rebirth of man having so great importance, which is why until the fourth century Christians celebrated New Year in Baptism of Christ on January 6.” – and you will find more there.


Also big day tomorrow;
Sat Jan Yannis, Giannis, Yannos, Giannos, Yangos, Jeannette, Jean, Zannetos, Cedd, Ioanna, Ioannis, Ivana, Vana, Vanna, Prodromos, Yanna, Gianna

On Skopelos now the 6th at 07.25 it is +8,6C
but it looks like bad weather is coming,
and it is rain in the air.

The last 3 days has been great; 

Sorry 5th of Jan this was taken, of course!

170105-044c170105-081c170105-003cCarpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day”,
taken from book 1 of the Roman poet Horace‘s work Odes (23 BC).


Stolen in Mortero



BLUE at sea …

Out with ENA – the fantastic old fashioned wooden boat
– the very best days of summer I spent onboard.
All photos above taken with a Nikon Coolpix –
but I think RL shot some of them also!
I am cleaning up my photo-gallery and was so
surprised when I saw these photos,
some of them are like a painting!

Thanks a lot for many wonderful trips the last summers!


November; A Norwegian friend said today that
he thought it is very cold now, but that is the thing,
winters here can be cold but always warm days are coming!

More photos from a summer day on Ena;


I love boat trips, especially the very best one around Skopelos!

Here with friends and family, we rented the boat
for our private charter, just great ;o)

So what can you do?
Dream about summer holiday in Skopelos
with a great boat trip!

Enjoy your weekend!


Επετειος του «Οχι»


Χρόνια πολλά Ελλάδα
28th of October

Updated 27/10-2017


Many of the women of Skopelos wear their “Morko”
the old traditional wedding-dress of the island,
as you see on the photo.
The community has made copies of the dresses
and one can borrow one, if one is lucky!
My lucky day was some years ago
when I was allowed to be dressed up;


For those who does not know why the “OXI” Day;

“Oxi Day (pronounced Ohi Day, Greek: Επέτειος του «’Οχι» Greek pronunciation: [epˈetios tu ˈoçi] Epeteios tou “‘Ohi”, Anniversary of the “No”) is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year.
Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek dictator
Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator
Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940,
the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces
at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War,
and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.”
This was from

In Skopelos the scouts has been practicing their drums for a long time,
I can hear them all the way up here to Raches!


Everybody will go down to the Paralia and watch the parade.
Many are wearing the tradition dresses;


There will be a speech and …
Many will go out for lunch.

It is very spesial to see mostly local people on the Paralia!



7th of January Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis – O Prodromos
7th of January name-day of Prodromos –
John the Baptist – Johannes Døperen

Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστής – Πρόδρομος

From the now famous church of Agios Ioannis-
– Mamma Mia Church


Namedays of; Γιάννης, Τζαννής, Τζανής, Γιαννιός, Γιάννος, Γιάνναρος, Γιανναράς, Γιάνγκος, Γιανγκούλας, Γιαννάκης, Γιάγκος, Ζαννέτος, Ζαννέτα, Ζανέτ, Ιωάννης, Ιωάννα, Ιβάνα, Βάνα, Βάννα, Πρόδρομος, Προδρομάκης, Μάκης, Προδρομία, Γιάννα, Γιαννούλα, Γιανγκούλα, Γιανκούλα

Pro in Greek is in front, before,
and dromo is road, meaning a forunner.
(Skopelitissa; very easy to recognize the
icon of Ag. Ioannis, because he is always

painted with two heads.)

Here you see the church – just outside of Glossa.

This church normaly celebrates the nameday
on the 29th of August when it is believed
Prodromos was beheaded.

Prodromos birthday is on the 24th of June.

Agia Varvara in front, Prodromos in the back
in «the monastery hill», opposite Skopelos town

From Wikipedia, Prodromos
(the Greek for “forerunner”) may be:

Χρόνια σας Πολλά ❣️


Ta Fota – Epiphany

Τα Άγια Θεοφάνεια – Τα Φώτα

from Greek theo “god” & phainein “to show”

A day always celebrated on the 6th of January!

Tom Stone’s Greek Handbooks,
by Lycabettus Press, says;
“In the Orthodox Church, this commemorates not the coming of the Magi but the baptism of Christ in the Jordan.
Thus, the central event of the day is the blessing of the waters, an extremely important ritual in such a
sea-faring nation.
All over Greece, priests and parishioners gather by the nearest body of water (the sea, a river, a lake) which the priest blesses and then into which he throws a cross.”

060116_36c… and there will be boys diving in to catch the cross,
here always from a boat.

“Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St John the Baptist baptized Jesus.”
that was from

This is the only day of the year that you can, should,
fire your rescue lights and you will not get a fine.
Its about time to renew them anyway!