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Sifnos, Faros, Agios Ioannis Nisteftis Festival

August 28

front view of the church of Agios Ioannis Nisteftis, in Sifnos, Faros, commemorate festival of her birth

Faros (meaning ‘lighthouse’) is located at the southeast corner of Sifnos and it is considered to be the safest port of the island. It is a beautiful and picturesque fishing village with three contiguous sandy beaches, named Fasolou, Faros, and Glifo from where starts the most popular footpath of Sifnos, which leads to Chrisopigi in about 20 minutes. Saint John (Agios Ioannis) Nisteftis (‘the one who is fasting’) is celebrated at Faros each year on the 28th of August and it is very much worth a visit on that day.

front view of the church of Agios Ioannis Nisteftis, in Sifnos, Faros, commemorate festival of her birth  

church of Agios Ioannis Nisteftis, in Sifnos, Faros, commemorate festival of her birth with the sea in the background

The festivals of Sifnos are centuries’-old traditions and are celebrated on the eve of the day that a church or monastery honours the memory of the saint that it is dedicated to. The picturesque and lively festivals attract many people, who chant and pray – but also cook, eat, drink and celebrate until late into the night in the church’s white-washed courtyards. The host of the festival, called the panigiras, the Sifnos islander who has the honour of keeping the icon of the church in his house for an entire year, returning it on the day of the festival. The panigiras assumes all the expenses of the festival, as well as the care and maintenance of the church. After the liturgy, the worshippers sit around the “tables of love” to taste revithada, olives, kokkinisto with pasta, and cod during the fasting period. They also drink red wine, served in local clay jugs while toasting to the health of the panigiras. The celebrators stay until the break of dawn, dancing, and singing. The next morning, after the liturgy, the next panigiras takes the sacred icon to his home to keep it for the coming year.

Details

Date:
August 28

Venue

Agios Ioannis Nisteftis Festival
Sifnos
Faros, Aegean Islands Greece

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