The 15th Encounter of Pontian Youth Associations at the Panagia Soumela Monastery starts on July 18 and will last until July 21 at Kastania, Imathia. The Encounter includes lectures, performances, folklore events, getting to know the sights of Veroia and discussions on issues concerning the Pontian Hellenism.
The Encounter is a successful institution, with the participation of more than 700 representatives of Pontian youth associations from Greece and abroad. Especially this year, the Encounter is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Among the aims of the Encounter’s organizers is the experiential contact of young people with the Pilgrimage and the work of the Church of Panagia Soumela in Vermio with the customs and the traditions of the Pontian people, as well as sensitizing them in acknowledging the Pontian Greek Genocide.