July and August are the months for summer celebrations. Performances of ancient greek plays at the Epidavros theatre, over 2,000 years old, art festivals, church fiestas with days and nights of prayer, dancing and feasting, classical piano music under the full moon, concerts on the beach, dancing on the waterfront, marching bands. Not all of these happen on the island but Poros has its fair share of summer festivities.
As you might have suspected there are also a number of name days to celebrate. Name days are the celebration of your name on the day of fiesta of the Saint you are named after.
7 July Agia (female saint) Kyriaki
There is a church on the nearby island of Angistri decicated to this saint-ess. K's father was born here so he has many distant relatives. We have never actually been to this fiesta but were there one year on the eve of the celebration when they were covering the road with a sweet smelling shrub called 'smyrta'.
17 July Agia Marina, protector of small children
20 July Prophet Elias (Elijah)
His churches are always built on the top of hills
23 July Agia Pelagia
A small church in a village nearby with a jolly priest. There are eats and beer after the service
24 July Saint Boris
Holy equal of the apostles, a popular Russian saint
We don't have a church dedicated to him around here but I thought you'd all want to know when to send your Boris sticky cakes and flowers and wish him 'Many long years'
On the day of Boris's election in the UK turks were rejoicing and celebrating him as one of their own. One of his grandfathers was from Turkey. They expect a good deal from the UK with a turk as PM
All these saints have churches near us and services on the eve of the saints fiesta and another on the actual morning
The nearest church to us is dedicated to Agia Paraskevi whose name day is 0n 26 July