August 15, 2022

The Snakes of the Panagia Have Made Their Appearance in Kefallonia (2022)

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 the Greek press, that two snakes of the Panagia made their appearance this year on August 6th in Markopoulo; last year there was also an unusual delay with their appearance on August 12th with one snake in Markopoulo, while the year prior to that two appeared on August 8th, also unusually late. In Agrinia two snakes appeared on August 6th. Last year it was one snake that appeared on August 6th, and the year before that three snakes appeared in Agrinia on August 8th. At their appearance, the bells rang joyfully to announce their arrival. It is not reported if more snakes have made their appearance in the past few days. All photos in this post were taken in Agrinia this year, videos are from both locations.