THE ASSUMPTION, AUGUST 15 is the largest religious festival in Greece in the ORTHODOX religion. With EASTER
Monday everything is absolutely closed on this occasion and it is the very big party !!! August 15th actually begins August with A Lent and Masses held at intensive rates.


The tradition for women in black was to climb on the evening of August 14 to the CHAPEL OF KASTRO by the gigantic staircase that connects the fortress to PLATANOS as a wish. To put you in the bath of 1 AU 15 August when you leave someone want him KALI PANAYIA (Good Virgin)

Celebrating August 15th in Greece with the Orthodox is a unique experience to live. 

Because we hear the heart and the Orthodox faith that are beating hard all over Greece. The Orthodox Church sends a message of joy and hope to all Greeks who have been going through difficult years of crisis for the past 10 years. Prayers of Orthodox Christian believers are heard from the smallest chapel on an island to the largest church in a major city. Even in the most remote monasteries, the Great Saint is worshipped (this is the daily name given in Greece to the Virgin Mary).

The names of the Great Saint. In Greece, it is given around 500 names which are characterizations attributed by the people, depending on where they live. In some places, it is called the “Grace Giver” (in Greek, MEGALOCHARI)and in other “Master of the Sea” (in Greek, THALASOKRATOUSA). It is also called “The One Who Kisses Tenderly” (in Greek, GLYKOFILOUSA)and also “the one who holds the baby” (in Greek, VREFOKRATOUSA).

It should be noted that the Virgin Mary is inescapably and always on the side of the Greek believers by giving them strength and hope. I should point out that the Greeks not only say “Oh My God!” every day, but they also often say “My Great Holy!” (in Greek“PANAYIA MOU!”). And then, the number of girls named Maria and the number of boys calling herself “Marios” is incalculable.


On 15 August, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Julian calendar in some countries or the Gregorian calendar in others, the Dormition of the Mother of God, that is, her death, surrounded by the apostles, her resurrection and her glorification. It is one of the 12 great feasts of the Orthodox Church and the last of the liturgical calendar (the first being the Nativity of the Virgin). It is proclaimed that Mary was raised by God to the heavenly Kingdom of Christ in the fullness of her existence, spiritual as well as bodily.” Mary, according to the tradition of the Orthodox Church, would have ascended to Heaven in her body, what she calls the Assumption in the same way as the Catholic Church. This event is understood as the beginnings of the resurrection of bodies, which according to the belief of the Orthodox Church, will take place at the second advent of Christ, as expressed by the theologian Vladimir Lossky If She remained in the world, if she submits to the conditions of human life to the point of accepting death, it is by virtue of her perfect will, in which she reproduced the voluntary kenosis (humiliation) of her Son. But death no longer had any hold on her: like her Son, she was resurrected and ascended to Heaven, the first human hypostase who achieved in her the last end for which the world was created.”

Although the celebration of dormition is very close to the Catholic feast of the Assumption, it is no less different in some respects. The difference is precisely because the Catholic Church associates, in its definition of the Assumption of the Virgin (given above), the dogma of the Immaculate Conception rejected by the Orthodox Church. According to Orthodox tradition, Mary is truly dead, by the necessity of her mortal human nature, linked to the corruption of this world after the Fall (in this she is in solidarity with humanity), and was resurrected by her son as the Mother of Life: hence , she is considered a participant in the eternal life of Paradise. The Orthodox Church, therefore, addresses to the Catholic formulation of the dogma of ASSUMPTION the same criticisms as that of the Immaculate Conception.

  • on the one hand, it is contrary to the faith of the Fathers to postulate the Most Holy Mother of God as “preserved by God of all attainment of the original fault” it would make him a person apart from the human race, removing all freedom for the Virgin Mother to say “no”, thereby losing her saving value to the positive response she made to the announcement of the angel Gabriel (“I am the servant of the Lord I have the freedom not to follow the path God told them is to me. Being free from original sin does not therefore take away free will
  • but above all, to postulate the Virgin Mary as preserved from the original sin, that is to say saved in advance, would render her out of reach of death. However, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that for Catholics the Dormition preceded the Assumption.