The “heart” of the Greek Assumption day!
The pilgrimage to Panagia of Tinos is probably the largest religious pilgrimage of Hellenism. The island is completely associated with the Virgin Mary, and thousands of believers fill the island every year, in the Assumption Day, to venerate the miraculous image of Mary. The image of believers kneeling or climbing the stairs up to the icon is the most characteristic.
The procession of the epitaph of the Virgin Mary is similar to the procession of the Epitaph of Christ on Good Friday, with thousands of believers to follow with lighted candles.
Along with celebrations for the Virgin Mary, the island celebrates the anniversary of the sinking of the battleship Elli by Italians which took place shortly before the war with Italy, in mid-August 1940.