A beautiful celebration on Elias the Prophet name day celebration, in a Monastery at the highest peak of Sifnos island, a typical small island in the heart of the Aegean. Evening Mass is followed by dinner, drinking and loads of music and dancing till the next morning.
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.
The day before the name day of Saint Donatos, at the small church named after the Saint, near the village of Egklouvi in Lefkada island, the festival of lentils takes place.
The local legend has it that the miraculous icon traveled on a raft, with a lit vigil light always next to it, which was not blown out by either the winds or the waves, leading the religionists from the Turkish-ruled Crete to the coasts of Ios.
On August 16 every year at the Saint Gerasimos church of Kefalonia island, the relic of the Saint is taken out of the church in a litany and pilgrims lie down on the street to let the relic pass above them, so that they get blessed.
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.