August 15: Dormition And Fires

An update from Nicholas, plus, information to be aware of…

Nicholas C. Rossis

First of all, I need to apologize if this post ends up being a bit of a downer. I always strive to keep my blog positive, as you know. Not today.

Virgin Mary's Death | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Dormition of the Virgin Mary

Originally, I wanted to write today about yesterday’s  celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin, the third greatest celebration in Greece (and the Greek Orthodox tradition), after Easter and Christmas. Although nominally a religious holiday, it is celebrated in the same manner as Easter, with family gatherings, public festivals, and loads of lamb eating. Many go to the beach for a quick swim first, as August is usually the hottest month. Since no one works, it’s perfect for relaxing, and most people will be on vacation this week.

You can read all about it in my last year’s post on the subject, August 15 in Greece: Dormition of the Virgin.

Instead of enjoying…

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