This is a very big celebration for the city of Patras in Peloponnese. Saint Andreas is the patron saint of the city and this is his name day, so this celebration is one of the biggest religious celebrations of Patras.
As with most religious celebrations, everything starts at the day before, where the evening Mass will take place. The flock goes in the church to pay respect to the Saint and light candles to ask for his family's protection. There are many vendors outside and probably because of the available niche, there was a incontinence diapers promotion. Loads of paramedics at hand of course in one side.
There were even some people on their knees going into the church.
The Mass will continue until the next morning, so I decided to have a walk and visit the local bazaar set nearby because of the celebration. I would be coming back later to the church where there would be less people. In the bazaar, a small fun fair was set and really reminded me of when I was a kid and used to love going to these fairs.
I went back to the church after 2a.m. and it was indeed very calm and nice. I stayed for some time and then went to sleep. In the car. It's only one night I thought.
The next morning, I had already decided not to sleep in the car again, at least not during wintertime. A big parade was to take place. Many politicians and heads of the church attended and it was really crowded.
The parade took a big circle around the church carrying the Sacred Head of the Apostle. It is said that he was preaching by the well of Godess Demeter, which sits next to today's church and a smaller church is built around it.