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Panagia on Alonissos - 15th August 2013

Panagia was celebrated in the Old Village on the evening of Thursday August 15th with signs on large tarpaulins, written in Greek and with information in English, put up around Patitiri and in the Old Village opposite Taverna Panselinos.  The Dimos (council) constructed the stage and organised the seating arrangements with breeze blocks and wooden planks on Wednesday morning and afternoon.  We arrived around 6.30pm to meet friends and have a drink before the festivities started around 7pm.

Dina did an introduction to the wedding in Greek, English and Italian before some musicians from the group led everyone off to Plateia Christos to collect the best man then set off from the plateia, led by the musicians and turned down the steps by Fantasia Apartments to Konstantina's Apartments.  We took our short cut and met the entourage as they were entering the apartments.  The musicians played and the wedding group treated the entourage to more traditional Greek dancing before the musicians led everyone along the bottom road of the Old Village and up to the Traditional House Musuem to where the bride was waiting.

We went back up the path and took the steps up to the Traditional House Museum in the Upper Old Village.  The procession came along the thoroughfare led by the musicians and stopped outside the front door.  The groom eventually persuaded the mother of the bride that he should have her daughter's hand in marriage and so she allowed him into the house.  The wedding party posed for photographs on the balcony before walking down the steps into Plateia Iroon.  The musicians played and there was more traditional Greek dancing before the wedding entourage headed down to the lower plateia.

The wedding party posed for the crowds while they took more photos and then Dina gave an introduction to the evening's celebration.  The group started to play and the wedding party danced for the assembled crowd.  After a while the crowd joined in the dancing.  The traditional goat and spaghetti was served and we danced the night away into the early hours of the morning.  As always Panagia was a wonderful festival, enjoyed by everyone who took part.  Afterwards people commented that they thought this year was one of the best ever.

 

Poster Advertising Panagia 2013
 

Banner in the Old Village Advertising Panagia 2013
 

Banner in Patitiri Advertising Panagia 2013
 

Seating Arrangements for the Evening
 

Seating Arrangements For the Evening
 

Food For the Evening Being Cooked
 

Stage for the Musicians
 

Photoshoot of the Best Man and Bride's Attendants
 

Dina Announcing the Arrangements for the Wedding Ceremony
 

Musicians Leading the Wedding Party to Plateia Christos
 

Collecting the "Best Man" and "Matron of Honour" From the Hiliadromia Studios
 

Musicians Leading the Wedding Party to Konstantina's Apartments
 

Traditional Greek Dancing at Konstantina's Apartments
 

Wedding Procession Coming Along the Main Thoroughfare of the Upper Old Town
 

Bridegroom at the Traditional House Museum
 

Photo Shoot of the Bride and Groom on the Balcony of the Traditional House Museum
 

Bride and Groom Heading off to Plateia Iroon
 

Traditional Greek Dancing at Plateia Iroon
 

Wedding Entourage Arriving Back at the Lower Plateia
 

Photoshoot Outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village
 

Dina Announcing the Arrangements for the Remainder of the Evening
 

The Wedding Entourage Dancing Outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village
 

People Greek Dancing to the Band Outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village
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