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.
Every August 15, Orthodox Christians from all over the world crawl to the church of Our Lady of Tinos in Greece...
Every year, a few days before the Assumption of Mary, the snakes get out nearby the church of Mary of the snakes. Crowds of believers come by to see the snakes and even touch them so that they get blessed by them.
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.