The relics of Saint Valentine are guided in a litany through the town of Mytilene on his name day. One of the few Catholic litanies taking place in Greece.
On the island of Skyros in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the sound of hundreds of bells vibrates the old town (Chora) during Apokries celebrations. The main figure of the island’s celebration is the “Old Man” (Geros).
A lot of people come and stay in the monastery until late, chanting for the icon. I found a small cell with a fireplace and I decided to sleep there with a local guy since I should get up before sunrise to follow the litany. Most of the people have left, headed back home, planning to arrive in the morning, for the litany.