Around 1916, a sudden illness struck Varos. It was named plaque and
many people died. During this great confusion a woman of the village dreamt of
Saint Charalambos who advised her to spin thread in one day from cotton which
was cultivated in the area and to use this thread to surround the village. The
next day, all the women of the village did exactly what the Saint said and the
village was saved from the epidemic. From then on, every year during Lent, the
women gather in a large area, spin thread which is made in triple pieces and make
thirteen balls of thread. The procession starting from the church is led by the
minister of the village and a woman holding the balls of the one-day thread. At
the small church of Saint-Charalambos they stop first for prayers and they continue
by surrounding the village with the thread.
(From Lemnos Newspaper)
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