lightbox src="/images/Services/wine-and-grapes01.jpg" width="" height="" lightbox="off" border="yes/no" title="IMAGE_TITLE" align="right"]Feasts in Greek islands include all main elements of Greek tradition: Music and dance, food and drinks. Visiting a feast gives the opportunity to experience Greek culture, different in each island. Usually, the reason for a feast is a religious celebration: orthodox Easter, Virgin Mary celebrations, or the Saint patron of each place. So, if you are interested to participate in an authentic Greek celebration, see people enjoy dancing, eating and drinking, and get familiar with Greek culture, plan a sailing trip according the calendar of feasts in Greek islands.

Feasts in Argosaronic Gulf

Top cultural event in the region during July and August is the festival of Athens and ancient Epidaurus. Especially the theatrical plays in the ancient theater of Epidaurus are a priceless experience for all visitors. Visit the official Festival site for more info or refer to us for relevant information.

Argosaronic Gulf is located near Athens, islands are usually busy and feasts are attended by many local and foreign visitors.

Hydra

  • June, 24: Feast of the 8 patrons of the island
  • End of June: 'Miaoulia Festival'. Three-day celebration in honor of Greek Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, who fought in the Greek Revolution of 1821. The celebration includes several events, such as folk dances, swimming competition and boat racing, and culminates with fireworks and the 'burning of the Turkish flagship'

Poros

  • June 24: Feast of St. John. Participants jump over fire for good luck

Salamina

  • June 23: Feast of 'Klidonas'. Traditional customs

Agkistri

  • July, 1: Feast of Agioi Anargiroi
  • July, 7: Feast of Agia Kyriaki

Methana

  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias

Spetses

  • July 26: Feast of Agia Paraskevi

Hydra

  • 'Festival of Puppets'
  • 'Festival of Folk Dances'
  • Beginning of July: 'Marine week festival'. Musical and sports events, takes place every two years

Aegina

  • August 15: Feast of 'Panagia Chrisoleontissa' in Palaiochora. The island's greatest feast during summertime. It takes place within the ruins of the medieval town of Palaiochora.

Agkistri

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia (Virgin Mary)

Hydra

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia (Virgin Mary)

Methana

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia
  • August 29: Feast of St. John

Spetses

  • throughout August: Cultural Festival in Methana including theatrical plays, concerts and traditional dancing performances

Salamina

  • August 23-25: Feast of 'Panagia Faneromeni'. Important two-day feast in honor of Panagia (Virgin Mary)
  • End of August: Folk Feast. Great feast organized by the island's Fishing Club, in which plenty of fish and wine are offered

Aegina

  • September 3, Feast of 'Leidinos' in Kipseli. Revival of an ancient worshipping ritual, which includes the death, burial and resurrection of 'Leidinos' (effigy of man). A great feast follows the ceremony
  • September 7, Feast of Agios Sozon in Perdika. Perdika is a safe and beautiful harbor to berth, but with rather limited spots
  • November, Feast of Agios Nektarios in Palaochora. Important feast which is held inside the medieval town of Palaiochora.

Hydra

  • Orthodox Easter, Good Friday: Epitaph procession in Kaminia. The procession takes place in th sea, on boats
  • Orthodox Easter, Sunday: 'Burning of Judas'. Revival of a traditional custom, which exists in many regions of Greece. An effigy of Judas is being burnt
  • November 14, Feast of St, Constantine of Hydra

Methana

  • September 8, Feast in Steno

Poros

  • Orthodox Easter, Good Friday: Epitaph. Epitaph procession ending in the main square of the island. During the ritual, the Epitaphs of four separate churches meet at the main square of the town of Poros
  • May (not fixed date)'. Anthesteria' (Feast of Flowers) in Galata. Two day celebration of springtime.

Salamina

  • End of May, Festival of 'Karaskakeia'. Cultural and sports festival in honor of the hero of the Greek Revolution, George Karaiskakis
  • September, Festival of 'Salamineia'. Celebration of the significant battle of Salamina, in which ancient Athenians prevented the Persian Empire from invading in the whole continent of Europe. There is also a local sailing race in Salamina bay, taking place in the area that the ancient battle took place once.

Spetses

  • September 2, Feast of Agios Mamas. Revival of a traditional custom of the island, in which kids make little boats, place a lit candle in each one and throw them in the sea
  • September, second weekend: Armata. The most significant event in the island's cultural life. Revival of the victorious battle of the people of Spetses and Hydra against the Turkish fleet, during the Greek Revolution (September 8, 1821). The events last a whole week, include several cultural happenings and attract visitors from all over Greece. The celebration culminates, on the first Sunday that follows the 8th of September, with the spectacular (plenty of fireworks) burning of an effigy of the Turkish flagship.

Northeastern Aegean

To view the feasts in Northeastern Aegean, choose the period you are interested in:

Lesvos

  • June 1: Feast of the Bull in Agia Paraskevi. Ritual slaughter of a bull which resembles to pre-Christian customs and religious ceremonies.
  • June 24: Feast of St. John Klidonas in Sigri Revival of the custom of Klidonas: People setting fires and jump over them for good luck.

Ikaria

  • June 12: Feast in honor of the Holy Spirit in Tragostasi
  • June 24: Feast of St. John in Christos of Raches
  • June 29-30: Feast of St. John in Pezi and in Platani

Fournoi

  • June 23. Revival of the custom of ‘Klidonas’. Traditional music and dance, theater play

Fournoi

  • July 17: Feast of Agia Marina. Live music and dancing at the islands' main square. Local specialties offered
  • July 31: Feast of Fish. Live music and seafood offered

Lemnos

  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas in Androni

Chios

  • July 7: Feast of Agia Kiriaki in Amades
  • July 17: Feast of Agia Marina in Ververato, Vessa and Fyta
  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias in Spartounta
  • July 22-24: Feast of Agia Markella in Volissos. Three-days feast, in which people from allover Greece participate
  • July 26: Feast of Agia Paraskevi in Castello (Chora), Kalamoti, Chalandra, Parparia and Zyfias
  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas in Monodendri

Ikaria

  • July 1: Feast of Agioi Anargyroi in Therma, Karavostamo and Mandria
  • July 7: Feast of Agia Kyriaki in Armyrida
  • July 15: Feast of Agios Kyrikos in the homonymous village
  • July 17: Feast of Agia Marina in Agios Kyrikos and in Arethousa. Celebration of the Liberation of Ikaria from the Turks, alongside the religious feast
  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias in Vrakades, Glaredo, Kares and Miliopo
  • July 26: Feast of Agia Paraskevi in Ksylosyrtis, Perdiki, Karkinagri, Petropouli and Karavostamo
  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas in the homonymous village
  • Throughout July: 'Icarous Festival of Dialogues between Cultures' in Agios Kyrikos, Evdilos and Raches

Lesvos

  • July 4: Feast of Agios Andreas. Procession of the sacred icon of Agios Andreas
  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias in Agiasos, Eressos, Plomari and Vrissa
  • July 22: Feast of Agia Magdalini in Skopelos
  • July 25: Feast of Agia Paraskevi in Plomari
  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimon in Eressos, Gavathas, Perama and Plomari. Revival of the custom of the pole in Perama: A long tree trunk is placed at the dock, with one edge hanging over the sea and a flag fixed on it. The trunk is then covered with grease and the contestants are asked to walk on it till they reach and grab the flag
  • End of July: Horse-races in Plomari
  • Throughout July and August: Cultural events in the Castle of Molyvos, one of the most beautiful places in Greece

Fournoi

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia (Virgin Mary). It takes place usually at the island's port. The greatest feast of the island, with live traditional band. Local specialties offered
  • August 28: Feast of 'St. John Thermastis'. Live traditional music and local specialties offered

Psara

  • August 1: Procession of the icon of Christ Savior. Interesting ritual, during which the icon is carried from the port to the island's Temple (about 10 km distance)
  • Beginning of August: Festival of Psara. A three-day festival, including concerts, films, exhibitions, puppet theatre

Lemnos

  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in Nea Koutali. Most significant feast of the island, with traditional music and local food and drinks
  • First fortnight of August: Cultural Festival of 'Anemoessa' in Myrina
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia both in Tsimandria and Kaspakas
  • August 23:  Feast in honor of the nine days of Virgin Mary's death both in Scandali and in Kornos

Chios

  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in different areas: Volissos, Viki, Pispilounta, Mesta, Pyrgi, Nenita and Kallimasia
  • August 8: Feast of Agios Aimilianos in Kallimasia
  • August 12: Feast of Agia Foteini in Neochori
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Pyrgi (also in Viki and in Potamia). Dancing groups perform the traditional dance of Pyrgi called 'pyrgousikos'
  • August 21: Feast of Agia Vasa in Kampochora
  • August 27: Feast of Agios Fanourios in Vessa
  • August 29: Feast of St John in Patrika and in Sidirounda

Ikaria

  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in Okse, Christos, Frantato and Kalamos. The feast in Christos is one of the island's more important feasts
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Chrysostomos,, Marmaria Panagia, Perdiki, Gyaliskari, Akamatra, Kossoikia and Lagkada. The feast in Christos is one of the island's more important feasts. Local specialties (roasted meat) is offered. The feast in Gyaliskari is the most significant Panagias' feast of the island, including live traditional music and dancing (the famous 'ikariotikos' dance)
  • August 17: Feast of Panagia in Karavostamo
  • August 27: Feast of Agios Fanourios in Maratho, Mandria and Vrakades
  • August: Music Festival of the Youth of Agios Kyrikos (in the village), not specific date

Lesvos

  • In the beginning of August: Feast of Ouzo (famous traditional drink) in Mytiline: Easy and safe berth in Mytilene main marina, in the main town
  • August 2: Feast of Octopus in Nees Kydonies
  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in Eressos
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Agiassos, Petra and Eressos. The feast of Agiasos is one of the most important in the island. It is part of a whole group of cultural events, such as theatre and dancing performances, exhibitions and concerts
  • August 15: Cultural events in Kalloni. Exhibitions, theatre performances and a folk feast
  • First fortnight of August: Cultural events in Eressos. Folk art exhibitions, sports contests and concerts
  • August 30: Feast of St. John in Vafios
  • August 20-30: Festival of 'Veniamineia' in Plomari. Dancing groups, concerts, horse-races and a special dance of horse-riders
  • August: Feast of 'Sardine' in Skala Kallonis, not specific date
  • August: Various cultural events in Sykaminea, not specific date


Oinousses

  • April 23 (but not fixed): Geast of St. George
  • May 5: Feast of Agia Eirini

Fournoi

  • Good Saturday (Holy week): Custom of 'cladia' (branches). Early in the morning, men begin to cut a big amount of branches from the trees. When they are done, they spree near the sea. Then, the branches are gathered in the island's stadium where a great pile is formed ('soros'). After midnight, they all celebrate Resurrection of Jesus by setting the pile on fire. Up on the hills, little boxes containing lit candles form festive messages. Up in the sky the fireworks offer a magnificent spectacle. Singing and dancing last till dawn
  • Easter (Sunday): Celebration of Resurrection of Jesus. Right after lunch people gather at the island's square, where they celebrate Resurrection. The traditional custom of the 'Burning of Judas' follows. Later, at sundown, young natives gather in the hills and literally launch dynamite fireworks up in the sky, offering a unique experience to the visitors

Lemnos

  • April 23 (but not fixed): Feast of St. George in Kalliopi

Lesvos

  • April 23 (but not fixed): Feast of St. George in Thermi
  • Good Tuesday (Holy Week: Feast of Agios Rafael in Thermi
  • Good Friday (Holy week): Feast of Zoodochos Pigi in Mytiline and in Vrissa
  • Two weeks after Easter Sunday: Feast of Myrofores in Mantamados. After reviving the custom of the ritual slaying of a bull, people prepare 'kesketsi' – a local specialty containing meat and wheat. There is also live traditional music

Chios

  • Good Saturday (Holy Week). Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Famous custom of 'rocket-fighting': People of the parishes of Agios Markos and Panagia Ereithiani launch hand-made fireworks that look like little rockets, each aiming at the opponent's temple. This can be dangerous, and actually many accidents have happened; visit only at your own risk...
  • May 8: Feast of St John the Divine (or the Apostle) in Kourounia Picturesque feast. Local specialties offered
  • September 1: Feast of Agios Symeon in Trypes
  • September 2: Feast of Agios Mamas in Afrodisia
  • September 4: Feast of Agia Ermioni in the homonymous village
  • September 8: Feast of 'Panagia Despina' in Kampia, Leptopoda, Sykiada, Lithi and Elata
  • September 14: Feast of Stavros (Holy Cross) in Vroulidia and in Chalkeios

Fournoi

  • June 23: Revival of the custom of 'Klidonas'

Oinousses

  • Marine sports events throughout summer. Swimming competition and sailing races

Ikaria

  • April 23 (but not fixed date): Feast of St. George in Amalou, Armenistis and Trapalou

Sporades islands

The islands of Sporades, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros lay in the north part of Aegean Sea. Their common characteristics are the beautiful sandy beaches, the pine trees that reach down to the sea and the mild winds relative to what sailors can find in Cyclades islands. Sporades is an ideal sailing destination also because there are plenty of bays to anchor. Prefer the south side of each island, in order to be more protected from the prevelant north winds of July and August (meltemi). Out of the islands, Skiathos is the most cosmopolitic, with tourists filling the bars and restaurants of main town. The rest of the islands are more relaxing and the wonderful nature allows for relaxed and memorable holidays.

Alonnisos

  • June 16: Feast of Fish. Wine and fried fish offered, while a local band is accompanying the local dancers
  • July 25,26: Feast of Agia Paraskevi, the island's patron saint. Procession of the saint's icon, accompanied by a local band and people holding torches, in the afternoon of the 25th. On the 26th, in the evening, a folk musical happening takes place in the island's open theatre

Skiathos

  • July 26: Feast of Agia Paraskevi in Platanias
  • Throughout July: Marine week


Skyros

  • July 19-20: Feast of Prophet Elias in Trachi
  • July 26-27: Feast of Agioa Panteleimonas both in Trachi and in Marmaro

Alonnisos

  • August 14: Revival of the traditional wedding, with folk music and dances
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia Local food offered. Traditional band playing

Skiathos

  • August 14: Feast of Panagia in the Monastery of Evangelistria. Interesting custom of the procession of Virgin Mary’s Epitaph

Skopelos

  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in the homonymous Monastery
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Glossa. Music and dancing
  • Second fortnight of August: Music Festival of Plum. The music festival starts in the middle of August and ends approximately fifteen days later, on the Feast of Plum

Skyros

  • August: 5-6 Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in Sotiras
  • August 14-15: Feast of Panagia in Patima and in the Holy Temple of ‘Panagia Megklou
  • August 16-17: Feast of Agios Myronas in the homonymous Temple
  • August 28-29: Feast of St. John Baptist in Psarmos

Alonnisos

  • May 26: Feast of folk dances organized by the local Dance club
  • Second week of September: Ancient greek drama performances, in Alonia of Palaiochora

Skiathos

  • April 23 Feast of St. George Interesting feast, during which horse-races take place in Limni.
  • November 21 Feast of 'Panagia Kounistra', patron saint of the island

Skopelos

  • September 1: Traditional celebration of 'Prototrytia'. In Skopelos, the 1st day of September used to be the first day of the year. It was also called 'Prototrytia', which means 'the first day of the vintage'. In some areas of the island, an old custom, called 'ampodiako', revives on this day. The wife enters the house, holding a glass of water and smashing a pomegranate (symbol of good luck) with her foot. She then sprinkles water around the house, wishing prosperity to all the members of the family. Afterwards, a stone is thrown and she wishes for each one of them to be 'strong as a rock'

Skyros

  • September 1-2: Feast of Agios Mamas
  • September 7-8: Feast in honor of the Birth of Virgin Mary in the Temples of 'Panagia Lympiani' and 'Panagia Spiliotissa' (in Achilli)

Dodecanese Islands

To view the feasts in Dodecanese islands, choose the period you are interested in:

Rhodes

  • Last week of June: ECOFILMS Festival
  • June 28: Feast of St Paul in the temple of Agioi Apostoloi in Lindos
  • Kos, June 29: Feast of Agioi Apostoloi in Antimacheia

Halki

  • Youth festival through out summer: Lately, Halki has been declared as a 'center of peace and friendship'. Therefore, young people from all over the world visit the island, during summertime and participate in cultural events. A hostel has been created for their accommodation

Astypalaia

  • Throughout June: Festival of Astypalaia. Festival with concerts of famous greek artists


Kasos

  • June 7: Anniversary of Kasos' 'Holocaust'. Three-day celebration in honor of the people of Kasos massacred by Turks and Egyptians, in 1824

Nisyros

  • Throughout summer (not a fixed date): Traditional wedding. During the summertime, one of the most interesting events held on the island is that of the traditional wedding, which is open to all visitors and lasts three days
  • June 20, 21: Feast of Saint Nikitas in Mandraki. In honor of Saint Nikitas, the patron saint of the island
  • June 30: Feast of Agioi Apostoloi in the village of Palloi

Syme

  • June 4: Feast in honor of the Holy Trinity (Agia Triada)
  • June 24: Feast of St. John Stafyllas

Telendos

  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas. Traditional food and sweets are offered. Pleanty of traditional music and dancing

Rhodes

  • First week of July: International Music Festival of Rhodes. Musical competition of choirs and singers
  • July 6: Feast of Agia Kiriaki in Kalathos
  • End of July: Feast of Agios Soulas in Soroni. Feast which takes place in the Temple of Agios Soulas, in a magnificent mountain landscape
  • July-August: Festival of Ancient Drama

Kos

  • July 26: Feast of Agia Marina both in Kefalos and in the Castle of Antimacheia
  • July 27 : Feast of Saint Panteleimonas
  • July-September: Festival of ‘Ippokrateia’ in the capital of the island. The most significant festival in the island, in honor of Asclepius, the ancient greek god of medicine and of Hippokrates, the founder of medical science. It includes a number of cultural events (concerts, plays, painting and photography exhibitions, traditional dances, special events for kids and even sailing competitions), with the participation of artists from all over Greece. One of the most interesting events is the recitation of ‘Hippocrates’ vow’, which takes place in the magnificent archaeological site of ‘Asclepeion’
  • July-August: Festival of ‘Dikaia’ in the municipality of Dikaio: Including theatrical plays, concerts, traditional dances, special events for kids, presentation of new editions, sports events
  • July-August: Festival of ‘Irakleia’. Including theatrical plays, concerts, traditional dances, special events for kids, presentation of new editions, sports events

Agathonisi

  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas


Kasos

  • July 17:  Feast of Agia Marina, in the village of Agia Marina

Kastelorizo

  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias. Locals diving in the sea to honour the Prophet

Leros

  • July 24: Celebration of the traditional custom of ‘Klidonas’
  • End of July: Celebration of Alonaris (Thrasher). One of the greater summer feasts of the island, in Gourna’s beach. A representation of the traditional activity of threshing, with a horse and carriage participating. Traditional food and wine is offered, while visitors are invited to dance with the locals

Nisyros

  • July 27: Feast of Saint Panteleimonas in Avlaki

Syme

  • July 17: Feast of Agia Marina. It takes place in the little island of Agia Marina
  • July 20: Feast of Prophet Elias
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Megalo Chorio
  • August 28, 29: Feast in St. John ‘Alargas’ monastery


Telendos

  • July 27: Feast of Agios Panteleimonas. Traditional food and sweets are offered. Pleanty of traditional music and dancing

Tilos

  • July 27: Feast of St. Panteleimonas in Megalo Horio Three-day feast, where traditional lamb, cheese and local honey-made sweets are offered
  • July 28: Feast in the holy temple of Taxiarchis

Rhodes

  • July-August: Festival of Ancient Drama
  • First weekend of August: Feast of Wheat in Lachania
  • August 6: Feast of Sotiras (Christ Savior) in Maritsa
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia of Kremasti in the homonymous village. Very significant religious feast in which people from all the Dodecanese islands participate. Ineresting cultural events.
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Empona
  • August 22: Feast of ‘Panagia Ipseni’ in Lardos
  • Festival of ‘Ialysia’ in Ialysos. International dance and music festival

Kos

  • First week of August: Festival of Wine in Mastichari. Festival offering and promoting local products
  • First fortnight of August: Festival of Fish in Kefalos. Festival offering and promoting local products
  • August 15: Feast of Holy Mary (Panagia) both in Kefalos and in Antimacheia
  • August 28, 29: Feast in honor of St John both in Mastchari and in Kefalos
  • Festival of Honey in Antimacheia (no fixed date): Festival offering and promoting local products
  • July-August: Festival of ‘Dikaia’ in the municipality of Dikaio. Including theatrical plays, concerts, traditional dances, special events for kids, presentation of new editions, sports events.
  • July-August: Festival of ‘Irakleia’. Including theatrical plays, concerts, traditional dances, special events for kids, presentation of new editions, sports events.
  • July-September: Festival of 'Ippokrateia' in the capital of the island. The most significant festival in the island, in honor of Asclepius, the ancient greek god of medicine and of Hippokrates, the founder of medical science. It includes a number of cultural events (concerts, plays, painting and photography exhibitions, traditional dances, special events for kids and even sailing competitions), with the participation of artists from all over Greece. One of the most interesting events is the recitation of 'Hippocrates' vow', which takes place in the magnificent archaeological site of 'Asclepeion'.

Astypalaia

  • August 14, 15, 16: ‘Panagia’, in one of the churches of the Castle (Castro). A three-day feast in honor of Holy Mary (Panagia Portaitissa)

Halki

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in Megalo Chorio
  • August 28, 29: Feast in St. John ‘Alargas’ monastery

Kalymnos

  • August 15: ‘Panagia’, feast at the holy temple of ‘Kyra Psili'. A feast takes place, in Vathi, at the holy temple of ‘Kyra Psili’, in honor of Holy Mary. Reena, the village’s port, is located within a picturesque ‘fiord’.

Karpathos

  • August 10: Holy Temple of Chrisovalantou, village of Olympos. Feast with traditional food, music and dance takes place – Olympos takes pride for its traditional musicians.
  • August 15: Feast for Holly Mary (Panagia). In honor of Mary, feasts take place in various areas, Aperi, Diafani, Menetes and Olympos. That of Olympos is the most significant feast of the whole island, offering a three-day celebration

Kasos

  • August 6: Feast honoring Christ, in the village of Agia Marina
  • August 15: Feast of ‘Pera Panagia’, in the village of Panagia. The most significant feast of the island, with the participation of local musicians playing traditional instruments. Visitor can take part in traditional dances, such as ‘sousta’ and ‘zervos’ and taste the local recipes or experience the interesting traditional custom of people discussing in the form of poetic improvisations
  • August 27: Feast of St. Fanourios in the village of Agia Marina
  • August (not fixed date): Concert of Marios Fragoulis in Mpouka beach. Every August, the famous greek tenor, who comes from the island, gives a concert in the picturesque little port of Mpouka

Leros

  • August 14, 15: ‘Panagia’ of Castro (Castle). The most significant feast of the island, where thousands of pilgrims participate in the celebration of Holy Mary’s Epitaph.
  • Throughout August: Several festivals: Festival of wine, of Lero’s cuisine, of ‘Mpoulafenteia’ (sports competition) and of ‘Alindia’ (marine-sports competition)

Lipsi

  • August 23: Feast of ‘Panagia tou Charou’. Great geast that takes place in both the main squares of the island, including traditional food, music and dances.

Nisyros

  • First ten days of August: Festival of ‘Soumada’. The festival of ‘soumada’, which is a traditional drink made of almonds, is held on a specific day among the first ten of August. Local goods are offered – alongside ‘soumada’ – and live concerts of traditional music are held.
  • August 15: Feast of ‘Panagia Spiliani’ in Mandraki. The most significant event in the island’s cultural life. People from all the Dodecanese attend the celebration, which can last a whole week or more. Plenty of traditional food is offered.
  • August 23: Feast in the Temple of ‘Panagia Kyra’

Patmos

  • August 14: Feast of ‘Panagia Geranou’. Including the chanting of the evensong and all-night long singing and dancing, following the ceremony
  • August 15: Feast of Panagia in the capital of the island

Pserimos

  • August 15: Feast of Panagia at the temple of the Holy Death of Virgin Mary


Syme

  • August 6: Feast of ‘Sotiras’, in Nimporio
  • August 15: Feast of ‘Panagia Alithini’
  • August 15: Feast of ‘Panagia Myrtariotissa’
  • August 24: Feast of ‘Panagia Ipakoee (Υπακοή)’


Telendos

  • August 15, Feast of Panagia: Traditional food and sweets are offered. Traditional music and dancing included.

Tilos

  • August 23: Feast of ‘Panagia Politissa’ in Livadia

Rhodes

  • Throughout the fortnight of Easter celebrations: Ceremony in Mesangros. Ceremony that includes the procession of christian icons, in a way that resembles to ancient greek rituals
  • Easter time (Sunday): Feast in Lindos. Live traditional music and dance groups
  • Last week of May: Festival of 'Anthesteria' (feast of flowers). Revival of the ancient greek feast of flowers, celebrating springtime. Includes parade of people and vehicles decorated with fresh flowers, as well as relevant painting and photography exhibitions
  • First fortnight of September: Feast of Wine both in Pastida and in Empona
  • September 14: Feast in honor of the Holy Cross in Apollona
  • September 27: Celebration of the International Day of Tourism in several villages. Various cultural events
  • Through out September: ‘Days of Music’ Festival. Festival of Classical Music

Kos

  • April (not fixed date): Feast of St George in Pyli. Including horse-racing
  • April (not fixed date): Feast of St George in Mavrokampia
  • September 8: Feast of the Birth of Panagia in Kardamaina. One of the most significant feasts of the island
  • October 26: Feast of Agios Dimitrios in Asfendiou
  • July-September: Festival of 'Ippokrateia' in the capital of the island. The most significant festival in the island, in honor of Asclepius, the ancient greek god of medicine and of Hippokrates, the founder of medical science. It includes a number of cultural events (concerts, plays, painting and photography exhibitions, traditional dances, special events for kids and even sailing competitions), with the participation of artists from all over Greece. One of the most interesting events is the recitation of 'Hippocrates' vow', which takes place in the magnificent archaeological site of 'Asclepeion'

Kasos

  • April (usually on the 23d) Feast of St. George in the village of Chadies
  • September 2 Feast of St. Mamas, patron of the shepherds. The feast takes place in the monastery of St.Mamas, built in the 19th century and located 4 km from the old capital town of the island. The monastery lies at the top of the hill with great view to the Libyan sea. On the way to St. Mamas monastery, take a break in the church of Agia Kyriaki and enjoy the view to the sea and the north side of the island
  • September 8 Feast of ‘Panagia Mporganoula’ in the village of Emporios
  • September 8 Feast of ‘Panagia Elerou’ in the village of Eleros
  • September 14 Feast of Stavros in the village of Agia Marina
  • October 26 Feast of St. Dimitrios in Arvanitochori
  • Alimia April (not fixed date, usually on the 23d): Feast of St Georrge in the temple of St George Arapis. Although Alimia is a very small uninhabited island, the feast is held with the participation of people from the islands nearby. The visitor can combine this event with sightseeing in the island’s medieval castle and ancient dock


Astypalaia

  • September 8: Feast of ‘Panagia Poulariani’ in Analipsi
  • Throughout October: Festival of Astypalaia Festival with concerts of famous greek artists

Halki

  • September 14: Feast in Monastery of Stavros

Kalymnos

  • Celebration of Easter in Pothia (capital of Kalymnos). A representation of sponge-collection/ diving takes place in Pothia, including traditional food, music and dance. Kalymnos is widely known as the ‘sponge-diver’s island’

Karpathos

  • September 8: Feast of Panagia Mesochoritissa in Mesochori
  • Easter celebration, in April (not a fixed date): Celebration of Easter throughout the island. Especially in the village of Olympos, a great feast takes place, where women wear their colorful, traditional outfits and serve meat and local pasta

Kastelorizo

  • September 13: Celebration of the island’s liberation

Leipsoi (Lipsi)

  • March 25 Celebration of Holy Mary’s Annunciation: Interesting icon of the Annunciation, located in St. John’s Temple

Leros

  • September 26: Anniversary of the sinking of ‘Queen Olga’ by the Germans, in Lakki

Nisyros

  • September 1-4: Feast of the Temple of Stavros, nearby Nikeia
  • September 26: Feast of the Monastery of St John Theologos in Nikeia

Patmos

  • April (not fixed dates): The Holy Week of the Greek Orthodox Church. Patmos is world-renowned as the island where the Apocalypse was written, by St John. During the Holy Week, important religious customs revive in the island’s temples
  • September 13: Feast in Groikos
  • Throughout September: Festival of Religious Music. World-renowned Festival of Religious Music, with the participation of orchestras and choirs both from Greece and abroad. The performances take place at the picturesque open theatre nearby the Cave of the Apocalypse

Telendos

  • April-Ester time (not fixed date): Feast of Love (or Feast of the Sponge-divers). After dining together, people of the small community of Telendos celebrate the departure of the sponge-divers
  • May 1: Feast of May Day

 

 

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