Assumption Day is a Greek Orthodox Religious observation, which because it is of such significant importance to the Greeks, is also a National Bank Holiday allowing them to travel to be with family at this important occasion.
The Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption (Dormition) of the Virgin Mary on August 15. This is a joyful celebration because it commemorates Mary's reunion with Jesus in heaven.
On Hydra, the congregation of the island's main churches fast and celebrate mass for the week leading up to the 15th as well observing mass after.
The observation of this religious event is a deeply personal one for the Orthodox community on Hydra. Visiting practitioners, of the Greek Orthodox religion, are always welcome in Hydra's churches and of course, visitors will not fail to notice the church processions that take place at various times. However, this is a solemn and important church occasion and I respectfully request holidaymakers to respect the fact that it is not a form of holiday entertainment.
The main focus of the week centres on the Monastery Church in the centre of Hydra Harbour which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.