Saint George methystis (‘methao’ means getting drunk)

Yesterday in the early evening I was talking over the phone to a friend of mine when the church bells started sounding, wondering why, he told me that on the 3 of November Saint George methystis is celebrated.  A bit a strange name for a saint as ‘o methystis means’ the drunk one.

I know, the Greeks have a lot of saints, they have more than one saint Georges and even more virgin Maries etc…  The story of this Saint George is quit simple, the 3th of November is the day that the wine barrels are opened as the wine is ready to be consumed and has to be tasted.  The 3th of November is also the celebration day of Saint George and as the Greeks celebrate this day with tasting wine this particular Saint George is called now Saint George the Methystis as a lot of people get drunk on that day So Yamas!

the celebration of the Holy Cross

Every year on the 14th of September the Holy Cross is celebrated in every Orthodox church in Greece.

kruis manolis

On this day the women in the villages cut some branches of the basilicum that they have been growing all summer to bring it to church, where it will be blessed.  The Greeks do this because they believe that Saint Helen found the Cross on a place where a lot of basilicum grew.

In some places people also take water to the church to be blessed, this water then will be used to make the new leaven that will be used to make the leavened bread of the coming year.