Hooray, you say
A summary of summer saints and a parade of Poros churches
Agios - male saint Eklisia - church
Agia - female Papas - priest
Agioi - plural
5 June Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Note the all-seeing eye painted over the doorway. Fiesta is 7 weeks after Easter.
24 June St John the Baptist
Burning of the May Day Wreath. Jumping the bonfire. Somewhere around here mid-summer is celebrated, summer solstice.
29 June Peter and Paul
30 June Apostolos
1 July Agioi Anargyroi - a huge 'panigyri' (festival) at the Monastery dedicated to these two saints, Kosmas and Damianos, down the road outside the town of Ermioni.
1 July little church at Brysoula (the spring) which is dedicated to the Holy Belt of the Virgin Mary
7 July Agia Kyriaki on the island of Angystri. The road outside the church is strewn with branches of sweet smelling myrtle
17 July Agia Marina. Saint who looks after small children. Below our old house. My sis-in-law helps look after the church
20 July Profit Elijah (Elios in Greek) His churches are found on hilltops close to the sun. Sounds like the Sun God Helios! In a grove of pines on the top of a hill. We used to take our children for picnics here and later as scouts they camped under the pines. It is an idyllic and peaceful setting.
25 July Agia Anna This is a little church across the sea on Galatas with two cypress trees growing over it like two lovers. The church is looked after by my daughter's inlaws
26 July Ag Paraskevi
27 July Agios Panteleimon
6 August Agios Sotiros
15 August Virgin Mary. One of the churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in her many forms
26 August Agios Adrianos and Agia Natalia
27 August Agios Fanourios - the finder of lost things
29 August Agios Yianni tou Fava (St John of the Split Pea) . Why split pea? Probably just a local tradition to eat yellow split peas (pease pudding) on this day
30 August Agios Alexandros
These are just a few of the numerous chapels on the island, all cleaned, painted and used for a service at least once a year on the day of the fiesta of the saint to which they are dedicated.
And that's the end of the local saints (only the local saints) for June, July and August. Of course there are lots more in September, October, November and December and..........