August 10, 2011

The Monastery of Panagia of "Toso Nero" In Sifnos

On August 15th a monastery south of Kamaron on the island of Sifnos that goes by the strange name of "Toso Nero" ("So Much Water") is celebrated. According to tradition in Sifnos, a family on the island is chosen which they call "Panigyrades" to hold the old icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos in their home for the year. When the time for the feast arrives they take care of all the expenses for the festival. A procession takes place throughout the streets of the island and some Panigyrades even hold a dinner for the people that follow the procession. Chickpea soup accompanied with meat and wine is the traditional meal for this feast. Following the meal there is dancing and traditional music.