St. Nektarios Litany.Feast Day
Every year on 9τη of November , people of Aegina g\ather and pay tribute to their saint , St Nektarios.
Saint Nectarios of Aegina (1846-1920), Greek: Άγιος Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης, Metropolitan of Pentapolis and Wonderworker of Aegina, was officially recognized as a Saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. His Feast Day is celebrated every year on 9 November.
At this day all the people of the island , tend to do a all night at the church for St Nektarios , And at noon the school boys and girls along with the officials follow the image and remains of the Saint , for a walk in the island.
People from their houses through flowers and they take out their carpets for the Saint to walk.
It is a very special and colourfull event but remember it is not a happy occasion .
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Shrines on the road
When your driving around Greek Islands you will come across little shrines along side the road. From what I've heard these shrines are put there by family members of the dear departed one who lost their lives in this spot due to some kind of accident.
If anyone has any further explanation I would love to hear from you.
As you can see there are fresh flowers and an oil lamp that remains lite as a spritual connection with the dear departed.
Since Aigina is an island, it's only natural that seafood would make up a substantial part of the local diet. When walking around the main town looking for a place to eat it is very common to see fresh octopus hanging out to dry in the Sun. It is served simply by grilling it and putting it on a plate - nothing fancy at all. I have to admit I never tried it because I loved the traditional Greek cuisine so much. Maybe on my next trip : )
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