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Milos, Zefiria, Festival of the Virgin of Portiani

August 15, 2021

front of Church of the Virgin of Portiani that commemorate festival of her birth at Milos, Zefiria, Greece

Built by the Venetians, Zefiria was the first capital of Milos but was deserted after the great earthquake of 1767. Today, it is a small village whose inhabitants are engaged mainly in agriculture. The village is known for its festival, held every year to commemorate the assumption of the Virgin Mary at Panagia Portiani, an old church built in the 17th century. This is one of the most popular festivals in Milos.

The inhabitants of Milos, maintaining the customs and traditions, organize every year a festival, the day of the ascent of the Saint to whom the church is dedicated, to honor his memory, after the day’s liturgy. Everyone is welcome to participate, as well as at the traditional meal offered generously that includes traditional meze, but also traditional dishes of Milos such as the koufeto of Milos, the karpouzopita, the pitarakia, skordolazana with tomato sauce, the pork cooked in the oven with mileiko pelte, accompanied by local wine and with the sounds of the island’s music, dance and have fun. The festivals are mainly held during the summer period from June to October and in which people traditionally meet, get to know each other and assimilate into the social life of the local society.

Photo: Milos Voice


August 15, 2021


Festival of the Virgin of Portiani
Zefiria, Aegean Islands Greece

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