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One of the biggest celebrations of Orthodoxy is August 15, the day of the Assumption and Nisyros celebrates with great reverence!
This entire day is dedicated to the woman. Women dressed in black take a leading role in this religious activity. They stay at the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, where they worship and clean the area and the sacred vessels. Two parallel religious rituals take place – one by the priests and the other by the women in the role of priestesses that follow strict fasting, doing 300 prostrations every day and singing.
On the day of the Assumption, the mass is followed by a procession around the icon of Virgin Mary to the village to bless the feast. The feast starts when the icon arrives at the village, with the traditional dance of “koupa”, singing and drinking plenty of wine.