For me, the Platrithia Panighiri is close to my heart because it's the first festival I ever went to back in 1983, on my first trip to Ithaki. Back then it was situated in a little corner where Yefuri is now. This Platrithia celebration of Panaghias has become so big that this little corner just wouldn't do for the masses that come.
Mnistires played it's Panighiri repertoir and really cooked up the dance floor. It's been awhile since this band has played this festival, but if there is anything more obvious, this IS the band that should play all the festivals. They're so good at it, why would you need to go else where. Mnistires and Panighiri go together like hand and glove.
Another thing that is synonymous with the Panighiri is souvlaki, and boy were they in demand. The long line stretched right into the village square. The boys grilling, were noticeably run off their feet. A raging grill fire made for some very tasty souvlaki, life in Greece on a stick. It's a mainstay of any menu.
Now if you're wondering why the Platrithia Panighiri photos are black and white, the reason is very simple. The football lights, together the tungsten, incandescent and flourescent lights make everyone a nice shade of alien green or yellow or red, depending on where they stand. Black and White fixes it all in no time.