Upper Darby, PA – The Society of Epirotes of Philadelphia “Omonia,” traditionally celebrated their organization. Now in its twelfth year in a row, “Tsipourovrathia” unites the Delaware Valley’s Epirotes and friends.

Guests filled St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Hall, for the event that featured Yiorgo Bezanis on Clarinet and the Lazaros Paraskevas Band. The pair has been singing at the event for years and is a crowd favorite. They played throughout the evening, supplying the traditional sounds of Epirus, Greece, where many of the attendees hailed from.

Throughout the evening, waiters and waitresses visited guests at their tables and poured endless shots of Tsipouro for consumption. Each shot was met with stin ygeia mas (to our health). The dancing and drinking throughout the evening led to a traditional patsa soup served while still brewing in a stainless steel kettle. Fans and connoisseurs alike formed long lines for a taste of the garlic-scented broth. The evening concluded with traditional dancing from the region, including a ritual dance known as piperi.