Christ's church celebration

This is a small celebration in a small church in Olympos. The church has a terrific view to the village and many of the women come to the celebration dressed in their traditional dresses.
Photography / Text: George Tatakis

This church is really beautiful. Hanging on a cliff in one side of the village, overlooking the whole west side of it. The west side of Olympos is the most beautiful one, where you can see most of the old mills of the village. During sunset of course the view is even more beautiful as you can see the sun diving inside the horizon and the warm light saturating the colours of the houses.

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis

To find the church you have to walk along the west road of the village. Near the end of the road there is a step road to your right that leads to this secluded small church. Olympos is famous for its churches, since almost every family owns a private one. This one is no exception as it is owned by a local family.

Olympos is famous for its churches, since almost every family owns a private one

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis

The Morning Mass starts at 8 o'clock in the morning and ends at about ten to eleven. During the Mass, papa-Yannis, the priest of the village will bless the bread made by local women. This is made by sour dough with spices such as cumin, anise, mastic, sesame and cloves. 

The Christ Bread is made by sour dough with spices such as cumin, anise, mastic, sesame and cloves

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis

When the Mass and the blessing is finished, everyone gathers around to praise the Icon of the church, wish to papa-Yannis, get his blessing and take their treats. They consist of the Christ bread, Greek Loukoumades (doughnuts) with honey and walnuts as well as water melon and Ouzo (alcoholic sweetened drink with anise flavour, similar to Italian Sambuca, but less sweet)

Ouzo is a traditional greek alcoholic sweetened drink with anise flavour, similar to Italian Sambuca, only less sweet

Everyone has the time for some small talk as most of the Olympian visitors have started to arrive. They visit during August every year and since this celebration is held on early August, most of them have been around for only a few days so they wan to catch up with old friends and relatives.

Christ's church celebration - Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
Christ's church celebration
Greece. South Aegean. Olympos. © George Tatakis
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Location

Christ's church celebration

Epar.Od. Spoas-Olimpou, Olimpos 857 00, Greece
Olympos, South Aegean, Greece

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