SOC - The Procession of the Icons

Every year – for how long no one is completely sure – the citizens of the village of Agridia, high up in the Troodos mountains, celebrate the Procession of the Icons. At sunrise... Show more

Every year – for how long no one is completely sure – the citizens of the village of Agridia, high up in the Troodos mountains, celebrate the Procession of the Icons. At sunrise on the Monday immediately following Easter Sunday, the villagers gather at the Chapel of Prophet Elias perched on a promontory over the village, along with scores of icons from the main Prophet Elias church and its storerooms. Lead by Father Christos, they undertake a procession carrying the icons out of the village and through the surrounding hills to a spot where, many years ago, a now revered icon of the Prophet Elias was found mysteriously hidden in a rock. Returning to the village, the procession is greeted by villagers who offer food (flaounas and halloumi) and drink (Zivania- traditional Cypriot spirit distilled from the pomace of grapes). Other villagers bless the congregation with kapnisma – the smoke from smouldering olive leaves that wards off evil spirits. In 2011 I joined the Agridians. Show less