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Panagia on Alonissos - 15th August 2016

Panagia was celebrated in the Old Village on the evening of Monday August 15th with a large banner going up outside the school in Patitiri and a paper notice on a tree in the Old Village as well as notices in Patitiri for the religious services across the celebration.  The Dimos (council) organised the seating arrangements with breeze blocks and wooden planks as usual and constructed the stage for the live group.  We arrived around 6.15pm and sat with a drink outside Taverna Panselinos then Dave went off to put on his traditional outfit (Φορεσιά) as he was taking part in the wedding procession this year.

Not long after 7pm Takis introduced the background to the wedding ceremony in Greek and Italian and Dave did the background to the wedding ceremony in English.  The musicians then led everyone up the cobbled street to Plateia Christos to collect Sassa the matron of honour.  We did some Syrtos dancing outside the Hiliadromia Studios then the musicians set off down the steps behind Fantasia Apartments to Konstantina's Apartments and on the way you could see the metal vats cooking the traditional goat with spaghetti.  At Dina's apartments we were met by the best man Kostas and the musicians played for the wedding group to perform more Syrtos dances.  The musicians then led the entourage along the bottom path of the Old Village, up the steps and along the thoroughfare of the Upper Old Village, to the Traditional House Musuem to collect Ioanna the bride.

The mother of the bride didn't need much persuading to let Kostas in and Stamatoula opened the door so the groom could enter and the bride and groom posed for photographs on the balcony.  We then followed the musicians down the steps into Plateia Iroon and the musicians played and we performed more traditional Syrtos dances.  The wedding entourage followed the musicians down the cobbled path and through Plateia Christos to the Old Village Plateia.  The 7 members of the wedding group posed for photographs before performing 4 traditional dances.  We started with a traditional Syrtos dance followed by the dances Πηδηχτός Ρόδου, Συμπεθέρα Ικαριώτικος and Τσιριγώτικος from Rhodes, Ikaria and Kithira respectively.

After the wedding group had posed for more photos Dave got changed back into civvies and we went to Taverna Astrofegia to eat.  We left before midnight with the band playing and a large group of people dancing.  This year was another great festival and the Dimos (council) should be again congratulated for their efforts in giving all the residents and visitors to the island a fantastic evening.  As Dave was part of the wedding entourage this year we only have a limited number of photos of the celebration.

 

Poster Advertising Panagia in the Old Village
 

Seating Arrangements for Panagia
 

Stage for the Musicians
 

Dave in Traditional Outfit (Φορεσιά)
Photo Courtesy of Amanda and Paul Molyneux
 

Traditional Goat with Spaghetti being Cooked
 

Traditional Syrtos Greek Dancing at Konstantina's Apartments
Photo Courtesy of Amanda and Paul Molyneux
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