August 10, 2020

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2020)

Just as every year, from the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ till the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, or from August 6th to the 15th, snakes appear in a wondrous manner in two villages of Kefallonia with chapels dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos, in Markopoulo and Arginia, that appear to worship among the pilgrims who flock to these chapels, and venerate of their own accord the icon of the Panagia. Many noted miracles are associated with these snakes.

For more information: Panagia Fidousa (Snakes of the Panagia) Resource Page

It was reported by Kefalonia Press, that three snakes of the Panagia made their appearance this year on August 8th, after an unusual delay, in Agrinia. Last year it was two snakes that appeared in Agrinia on August 6th. Not long after this two snakes made their appearance at the chapel in Markopoulo; last year it was one on the evening of August 5th. At their appearance, the bells rang joyfully to announce their arrival. It is not reported if more snakes have made their appearance since then. However, though it is unusual for the snakes to appear two days late, at each location one extra snake has appeared from those reported last year, which is good news.

Photos below come to us this year from Agrinia.