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The celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin in Greece

Culture Volos, Greece - 14 August 2012

The occasion of the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, the third most important religious holiday in the country after Christmas and Easter celebrated on August 15.

August 15, or Dekapentavgoustos, commemorates the Dormition (in some traditions the Ascension or Assumption) of the Virgin. For Greeks, the Panaghia is the mother of all men, a source of protection and comfort. To mainlanders, she is mother earth and to islanders she is mother sea. To this day, she is revered and invoked, and asked to perform miracles from the most mundane to the most awesome. Every city, town, village and hamlet around the country has a church or chapel dedicated to the Panaghia and in most she is given a last name indicating either the miracles she is expected to perform or the graces she is endowed with: Panaghia the Healer, the Merciful, the Graceful, the Sweet-Talking, the Savior of Souls, the Mistress of the Angels, the Philanthropist



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