Feast of Agia Pelagia
On the 23rd of July each year, the Greek Orthodox Church and Tinos, celebrates the holiday of Agia Pelagia. On the morning of that day, after the end of the service held in the Church of the Annunciation, the priests and the faithful accompany the Holy Icon to Eleftherias Square and from there the icon is taken to the convent of Kechrovouni by car. After the service that takes place in the monastery, the nuns treat their guests to coffee, traditional sweets and food.
Following the vesper, they all return to Tinos Town on foot which is a distance of eight kilometers. The Holy Icon is carried in the hands of the nuns and as the procession passes near chapels, they greet it by ringing their bells. When the procession arrives at Agia Paraskevi at the entrance to Tinos Chora, it is welcome by the bishop, priests and crowd. Along with the Philharmonic Band, it heads towards the port, before it eventually returns back to the Church of the Annunciation. The two-hour hike is full of colors and chants and definitely a unique experience for both pilgrims and guests.