''Loukoumades T' Agiou'': Sweet Celebration of St. Spyridon's Day
The 12th of December marks "Agios Spiridonas Feast day'' a major celebration in Corfu in honour of St. Spyridon, the Patron Saint of the island whose sacred relics are kept in St. Spyridon Church in the heart of Corfu Town. The locals have deep faith in Saint Spyridon, referring to Him as "Keeper of the City" as he is believed to have saved Corfu with his miracles on four different occasions: he saved Corfiots from the famine in 1533, he saved the island from the plague twice in 1629 & 1673 and he protected Corfu from the Ottoman attack in 1716. Every family in Corfu has at least 1 member named after the Saint with "Spiros" & "Spiridoula" being the most common names on the island!
Celebrations start on the eve of the feast of Saint Spyridon (11th of December), where households prepare "Loukoumades t’Agiou" (translates as Saint's Donuts), a special version of the famous "Loukoumades" - the crispy dough balls covered in aromatic syrup and sprinkled with chopped nuts or cinnamon that you can enjoy all around Greece. This is a custom dating back to the Venetian times when locals used to eat these delicious sweets in order to bear the cold and stay awake when they went on a vigil in St. Spyridon church. This custom survives till these days and today Corfu is filled with a festive atmosphere; streets lit up for Christmas, locals wishing each other "Hronia Polla" (a wish that Greeks use in all festive days), and hundreds of small vendors selling Loukoumades topped with honey or cinnamon in every Kantouni (narrow street in Corfiot dialect). Many cultural associations around the island offer these sweet treats for free on this special day while many locals prefer to prepare these at home using recipes that include hidden secrets that have survived since the Venetian period!
Whether you are a sweet tooth or not, don’t miss the chance to walk around the beautiful Corfu Town this evening, enjoy the freshly prepared, delicious Loukoumades and soak up the city's festive atmosphere!
Hronia Polla from Corfu!!