Suddenly I hear a loud noise and songs and then I see them in a row going out through the woods. The point where they come out is green, full of tall ferns and dense firs. I'm lucky, it's worth it, the bad weather also helps.
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.
The monastery of Saint Panteleimon, near Vlasti Kozanis, celebrates its patron saint. Many pilgrims arrive to pray and at the same time the villagers climb the mountain on the back of their horses.
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 tribes of upper Sepic gather in this feast wearing traditional costumes and participating in frenzied dances. Feathers of various birds like the mighty Cassowary or the emblematic bird of paradise, shells, grass skirts, teeth of crocodiles and warthogs, bows and spears and of course full body painting are just a few elements of these traditional costumes. The decoration is completed with live baby crocodiles, hanging on men, women and children.
The days of Avlona as locals call it. After the festival in the ancient city of Vrykous, Olympians go and stay in their houses in Avlona. This is a village near Olympus where Olympians grow vegetables and grapes. Music and dance is present as usual.
During the summertime, months of July and August, you might be lucky enough to be invited in a traditional wedding in Anogia, the traditional, highest altitude village of Crete island