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Panagia on Alonissos - 15th August 2015

Panagia was celebrated in the Old Village on the evening of Saturday August 15th with a large banner going up outside the school in Patitiri and A4 notices in shop windows in Patitiri and the Old Village as well as notices for the religious services across the celebration.  The Dimos (council) organised the seating arrangements with breeze blocks and wooden planks on Friday morning and then constructed the stage for the live group.  We arrived around 6.30pm having walked up the back steps to the Old Village so we could see the metal vats cooking the traditional goat with spaghetti.  Although advertised as 7pm on the posters the event didn't kick off until after 7.30pm.

Takis did the background to the wedding ceremony in Greek and Italian and Dave, on the spur of the moment, did the background to the wedding ceremony in English.  The musicians then led everyone up the cobbled street to Plateia Christos to collect the best man.  The musicians set off from the plateia and down the steps behind Fantasia Apartments to Konstantina's Apartments.  As usual we took our short cut and arrived at Dina's along with the entourage.  The musicians played and the wedding group performed more traditional Greek dancing before the musicians led the entourage along the bottom path of the Old Village and along the thoroughfare of the Upper Old Village to the Traditional House Musuem to collect the bride.

We went back up the short cut and took the steps up to the Traditional House Museum in the Upper Old Village, so we were at the Museum before the musicians arrived leading the procession along the thoroughfare.  The groom went to the door and, after a lot of banter and much amusement to the crowd, eventually persuaded the future mother-in-law that he should have her daughter's hand in marriage.  He was finally allowed into the house and the bride and bridegroom posed for photographs on the balcony and then set off down the steps into Plateia Iroon.  The musicians played and there was more traditional Greek dancing before the wedding entourage went down to the Old Village plateia.

There was an excellent exhibition of traditional Greek dancing by members of the wedding group and then the band started to play and the dancing started.  The traditional goat and spaghetti was served along with free white wine.  We joined in the Syrtos dancing and then ate at Taverna Astrofegia for a change before re-joining the throng.  We left around 12.30am with the band playing and everyone dancing.  Considering the problems in Greece this year this was a great festival and the Dimos (council) should be congratulated for their efforts in giving all the residents and visitors to the island a fantastic evening.

 

Order of Church Services for Panagia
 

Banner Advertising Panagia In Patitiri
 

Traditional Goat with Spaghetti Being Cooked
 

Stage for the Musicians
 

Takis Informing the Crowd About the Background to the Wedding Ceremony in Greek and Italian
 

Dave Informing the Crowd About the Background to the Wedding Ceremony in English
Photo Courtesy of Nicky Haddleton
 

Photoshoot of Members of the Wedding Party
 

Wedding Party Heading off to Plateia Christos
 

Wedding Party at the Hiliadromia Studios in Plateia Christos
 

Musicians Leading the Wedding Party to Konstantina's Apartments
 

Traditional Greek Dancing at Konstantina's Apartments
 

Musicians Leading the Wedding Party to the Traditional House Museum
 

Bride in the Traditional House Museum Wearing the 'Morka'
Photo Courtesy of Nicky Haddleton
 

Bridegroom Attempting Entry to the Bride's House
 

Bride and Groom on the Balcony of the Traditional House Museum
 

Wedding Party Posing for Photograghs After Leaving the Traditional House Museum
Photo Courtesy of Nicky Haddleton
 

Musicians Leading the Wedding Party to Plateia Iroon
 

Wreaths Laid at the War Memorial in Plateia Iroon
 

Traditional Greek Dancing in Plateia Iroon
 

The Wedding Entourage Heading Down to the Village Plateia
 

The Band Playing Outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village
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