Greek Festival of Kimisis a Success in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – The annual Greek festival of the community of the Dormition of the Theotokos – Kimisis of Brooklyn was endjoyed by hundreds over the May 17-19 weekend. “By the grace of God, we are all together again this year – community members, neighbors, young and old – to have fun and enjoy ourselves,” said the Pastor, Archimandrite Damaskinos Ganas, to The National Herald.

“This is a very beautiful and successful event thanks to the cooperation of all the community organizations – the Parish Council, Philoptochos, the St. Markella Brotherhood, and the youth. Everyone works together like a family, with love, coordination, and understanding. I hope we will all be well and meet again here next year,” he added.

The annual Kimisis of Brooklyn community festival was a success. Photo: TNH/Michael Kakias

Parish Council President Anthony Grigos expressed everyone’s joy and pride for the active participation of the youth in organizing the festival. “Just as we learned and took over from our parents, now our children, with enthusiasm, eagerness, and new ideas, are actively participating, not only in the festival but in all church activities. At the same time, I send a big thank you to the Greek community of Brooklyn, and beyond, as well as to the entire surrounding area that honors and supports us with their presence,” he said.

The festival coordinators, Stamatis Chasabenis and Eric Magriples, noted that organizing such an event requires a lot of effort and many hours of volunteer work. “Dozens of volunteers, sponsors, and advertisers help us for the success and best possible service to our guests,” they emphasized.

Stella Kafkis, the president of the Kimisis community’s Chios Brotherhood of St. Markella, mentioned that the members were, as always, responsible for the loukoumades, with visitors showing a particular preference for them. The vice president of the Philoptochos Society, Sophia Veneris, noted that the members have made trays of sweets, help in the kitchen, serve, and assist wherever needed.


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