Local traditional custom at Prokopion village

A week before the celebration of Saint John of Russia, the church of Saints Constantine and Helen also celebrates. A litany takes place around the village and food and dancing follows soon after.
Photography / Text: Michael Pappas

A week before the celebration of Saint John of Russia, the church of Saints Constantine and Helen also celebrates.

I arrived at the church early to attend to the Evening Mass. My favorite children are getting dressed as acolytes. They take out the Cherubs and the banners they will be holding during the litany that will follow.

Many people have arrived. The litany begins around the village alleys. The children lead the way holding the Cherubs and wearing the colorful uniforms and the priests follow. People carry the Icon on their shoulders. Women wait in their front porches for the Icon to pass by. One of them was throwing flowers on the street so that the litany would walk above them. The litany stops to pray in front of the central church of Saint John the Russian that celebrates next week.

Next day in the morning, since about six I found myself in a special place near the church where the food would be cooked. The food is meat with pasta and will be served after the end of the Morning Mass to the flock. Huge pots are already on fire. The meat stews and soon before the food is served, pasta is also cooked. 

Tables have been set around the yard of the church. There is also an orchestra that plays the music. The dancers are getting ready in a room below. They are getting dressed in their traditional uniforms.

As soon as the dancers go upstairs the party begins with a lot of dancing. The food has been already served and is truly delicious. 

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Local traditional custom at Prokopion village

Agios Ioannis Rossos
Prokopi, Central Greece, Greece