Summer traditions in Samos


On the 24th of June, the eve of the anniversary of Saint John the Baptist, the residents of several villages revive a custom called “Klidonas”. Three large fires, which burn wreaths of May, are set and then the participants jump over them.

Also, on the 22nd of August, nine days after the death of Virgin Mary, the residents of Skoureika, are gathered in the chapel of the village and prepare the traditional Samian dish “giorti”. This recipe contains meat, wheat and onions boiled in large casseroles all night long. The cooks stay awake by the fire checking the food.

On the next day, the food is offered to the faithful and is consumed in the church yard under the shade of the trees. The custom of “giorti”, which has its origin in Asia Minor, is revived in other celebrations too. During the fasting, the food that the pilgrims usually consume is rice and chickpeas.




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