In 1965, a group of friends from Naoussa, thought to stage an event relating to corsairs at the same day with the Feast Performance Dormition. It has to do with the reenactment of a corsair invasion on the island based on the existence of piracy in the past.
“Corsairs” were leaving early with the fishing boats and they were returning in the evening, grabbed the girls and forced them to dance in order to choose the one for them. In the invasion, which took place in the small port (Mandraki), participated the young men and women of the village.
In the 80s, corsairs with their booty and the musicians roamed the village, dancing, singing and gaining the appropriate treat. After 1985, due to increased turnout, the ritual was transferred to the grand port of Naoussa. In the late 90s, was added to the “scenario” the counterattack of the locals, who manage to defeat the corsairs and take back their wives.
1933 Τhe teacher Emmanouil Sagriotis by his own initiative moved the feast of Cathedral of
Naoussa in 23rd of August (Niamera, Novena of Our Lady).
1965 A group of friends from Naoussa, thought to stage an event relating to corsairs at the
same day with the Feast Performance Dormition. It has to do with the reenactment of a
corsair invasion on the island.
1985 Due to increased turnout, the ritual was transferred to the grand port of Naoussa.
1998 It was added to the “scenario” the counterattack of the locals, who manage to defeat
2015 Created the voluntary group “Corsairs” in order to revive the event and to bring to light the “treasures” of our tradition.
The holiness of Virgin Mary is all over Aegean Sea and in the soul of islanders who worship Her with plenty of customs and traditional revelries. In Paros, August is also called as the month of Virgin Mary. During the feast (1-15/8) in churches all over the island take place the “Orison to Mother of Jesus”. In August 15th, the assumption day of Virgin Mary, the worshippers throng into the church “Panagia Ekatontapyliani“, in Paroikia town in order to pray and worship.
The Assumption used to celebrate by the Cathedral of Naoussa also dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. However, according to reports, the teacher Emmanouil Sagriotis in 1933 by his own initiative moved the feast in 23rd of August. This day is celebrated the Feast Performance Dormition (or Enniamera Novena of Our Lady). On the occasion of this religious feast is set up, in Naoussa, a great festival with pirates and music.