Festival Time!

August 20, 2013

 

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The official “panayiri” hasn’t even arrived yet…..not until August 23rd, but this year the party starts early.  That’s my cousin Taki in the middle,  in front of Café Rythmos, taking a sip of no doubt, a fantastic cocktail he mixed himself.  Only four days left until the biggest party of the year as Vassara’s legendary panayiri is celebrated August 23rd.  Church will be attended by many in the grotto church just outside the outskirts of our village, honoring the Virgin Mary.

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Then, as tradition has upheld for decades, the festival begins, sometimes lasting for several days. This is the highlight of the year, the day we all await, offering a final double kiss to August before bidding summer farewell.  Get your party shoes on all, time to dance!