St. Iakinfos Saints Aquila and Priscilla
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos, in an attempt to attract the attention of young people to the Orthodox faith, offered in love to celebrate Valentine's Day on 13 February when the Orthodox Church commemorates the first Christians Saints Aquila and Priscilla. After the expulsion of Jews from Rome on the orders of Emperor Claudius, the couple settled in Corinth (1st century AD). Here they met with Apostle Paul, who mentions them in his three epistles. Moreover, Aquila and Priscilla accompanied the apostle in Ephesus.
According to legend, Aquila Heraclius became Bishop and died together with his wife as a martyr in the name of Christ. According to another version the couple died a natural death, preserving until death love for each other. That is why Archbishop Christodoulos offered to celebrate Valentine's Day on the feast day of the loving couple, in memory of their eternal love.
TChristmas in Greece
Storefronts acquire a festive look, towns and villages meet the long-awaited Christmas with an abundance of garlands and rich illumination of streets, let alone housewives that little "Christmas" strokes changing beyond recognition from their homes since November. It should be noted that in Greece, along with the internal decoration of the New Year, external lighting design is widespread. Every balcony, every house looks bright and colorful, not like the others. All this variety of light and colors contributes to the festive atmosphere of joy of meeting Christ, and then the New Year.
Greeks have to decorate the boat at Christmas not only because the life of the country is directly related to the sea, but also because of the Christians. The ship is a symbol of happiness, serene and blissful life. The custom of the Christmas tree came to Greece in 1833, when the palace of the Greek King Otto in Nafplio has dressed up the country's first Christmas tree. Therefore, you can be see elegant herringbone and rushing in full sail boats in the towns and villages in the central and municipal areas of Greece.
You can spend the sweetest weeks together in Greece, enjoying a honeymoon and completely surrendering to the pursuits and hobbies that are close to both of you. Every corner of this wonderful country is filled with the light of faith. Ancient temples and churches are a perfect place for honeymooners.
After the ceremony you’ll receive both marriage and wedding certificates. Many modern newlyweds prefer to get married right on the beach surrounded by pristine nature, in the majestic halls of the ancient fortress or on the summer terrace with stunning views of the sea. Therefore, when deciding where to go on their honeymoon in Greece, look at the beautiful islands.
Romantic honeymoon tours of Santorini are famous for black-sand beach, crimson sunsets over the endless water surface and amazing pools on the edge of a cliff. This is the place where the lovely ladies will unconsciously look for the hand of their reliable defender. A wedding ceremony is conducted in one of the 330 temples and will remember for a lifetime! Arches of the church of Panagia Episkopi and St. Mark's, the majestic temples of the Ascension and St. Irene are waiting for you.