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PLATY (Village) ARFARA

Horse Races

In Platy, a beautiful small village on the messinian valley, horse races take place every year on the day they celebrate St. Georgeos which is a custom dating back to the 1800’s. Tradition has it that horse races started there, in which mainly young men who trained in horse riding took part in order to be used as messangers in the preparation of the revolution against the Turks. They misled the Turks by saying that the races were of a religious nature but in this way the chieftains had a chance to meet and organise the Revolution. In memory of these events, this custom is still continued and is held in the same place it used to.

This extract is cited March 2003 from the Messenia Prefecture Tourism Promotion Commission URL below, which contains image.


Feasts

Presentation of the Saviour

, , 2/2/2002

The metropolitan church of the Presentation of the Saviour is situated in Kalamata by the feet of the frank castle. The Church is of byzantine Style with double steeples and was founded in 1839 and consecrated in 1879. On the 2nd February, a day of glorious celebration for the church, it has been established since 1884 to hold a religious procession carrying the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary around the city. This procession is attended by many officials and a lot of religious people. The miracle icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the «Vrefokratousa» (=holding the baby) or «Elousa» (=showing pity) and is put on a throne with gilt, embroidered vestments and is decorated with votive offerings from faithful people and its painting is attributed to the Evangelist Loukas.

This text is cited March 2003 from the Messenia Prefecture Tourism Promotion Commission URL below, which contains image.


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