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June 1, 2012

HOLY WATER


                               AYIASMOS --- SANCTIFICATION
 
      As I have mentioned before, religion for Greek people is intrinsically tied to their every day life, habits and customs,
i.e. .....

      Every first of the month the priest of every parish has a special liturgy where he blesses the water(Sanctification). This holy water is then given to the congregation who have come prepared with their little special bottles (vials) to fill them.          
It is then taken home, where everybody has a small sip especially if there's somebody who is sick and needs this blessing the most, and then they sprinkle the holy water in every room so the whole house gets blessed. (the right way to do this is by using twigs of basil and dipping them in the 'holy water' and sprinkle, but it's okay if it's not done that way).

      Also, every first of the month we greet each other saying "Kalo Mena" which means 'Have a good month'.

                                                       "KALO MENA"




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