Panagia Day or the Assumption of Mary …
… the second most important day in the Greek Orthodox calendar after Easter ,when the whole of Greece prays hard but celebrates even harder with festivals , music and dance, and lots and lots of food .
Both my mother and me are the Virgin Mary’s namesakes ( she is called Maria and my name is Panagiota) and ‘name day’ celebrations in Greece can be more important than birthdays. At this time of the year , I would normally be at my mother’s village , Limenaria, in the beautiful island of Thassos, and I would help her serve Greek coffee and sweets or desserts to the guests that would come to visit us throughout the day , giving us their wishes and presents. Then in the evening , we would go out and have a celebratory meal . Our treat of course , because in Greece , if it is your birthday or name day you are the one buying the drinks in ,for all the people you invite out with you !
Instead ,being locked down in the UK, and to make it special for me ,hubby fired up the bbq and I made a juicy Panzanella salad to enjoy with the children in our garden , finished off by a slice of the most moist banana and choc chip bread and vanilla ice cream . It has been a GOOD day 🥰. Happy name day to whoever is celebrating. Χρόνια πολλά ! …