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Programme 2015

Events - Programme 2015

22nd – 25nd of April 2015

22/4 – EVE

18.00 Beginning of the festival, cannon fires and church-bell tolling
18.45 Dancing by the elders in the courtyard of the Holy Temple
19.00 Vespers officiated by His Lord Metropolitan Bishop Georgios of Thiva & Livadia
20.15 Procession of the Holy Icon of St. George, accompanied by men and women from Arachova dressed in traditional local costumes
22.15 Traditional dances in Papaioannou Central Square

23/4 – FIRST DAY OF THE CELEBRATIONS

07.00 Morning call, cannon fire and church-bell tolling
07.05 Matins, Divine Liturgy
11.00 Sporting customs: Uphill race for youths, men and the elders at Karaiskakis’ battlefield
11.30 Performance at the Fountain of Saint George
11.45 Traditional local dances in the courtyard of the historic Holy Tempe of St. George with dancers
wearing traditional local costumes.
19.30 End of the 5000m race (from St. Minas) and traditional dancing at Lakka Square performed by the Traditional Association dance group of Arachova

24/4 – SECOND DAY OF THE CELEBRATIONS

07.30 Morning call, cannon fire and church-bell tolling
07.35 Matins, Divine Liturgy
11.00 Sporting customs: Standing long jump, long jump and triple jump, rock-lifting with participants
wearing traditional local costumes, high jump, high jump, high jump (in the courtyard of Holy Temple)
18.00 Vespers and Supplication to the Saint
18.00 Performance by traditional Greek folk music band (in Papaioannou Square)

25/4 – THIRD DAY OF THE CELEBRATIONS

07.00 Morning call, cannon fire and church-bell tolling
07.05 Matins, Divine Liturgy
10.30 Memorial service at the monument dedicated to Georgios Karaiskakis (in the courtyard of the Holy Temple)
10.45 Sporting customs: shot put, stone-throwing with participants wearing traditional local costumes,
wrestling tug-of-war (in the courtyard of Holy Temple)
15.00 Traditional Arachovian banquet in the courtyard of the Holy Temple with participants wearing
traditional local costumes. Everyone is welcome to join in the feast.
17.30 End of banquet, ceremonial dance around the Holy Temple, end of festival. Traditional dances in
Papaioannou Square.

Easter 2015: 12 April
Panigyraki 2015: 22 – 25 April