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Scroll down for a list of Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations held in Greece. I have tried to include all of them but I am sure I have missed some. Also some of the dates may be different from year to year so if an event sounds interesting to you, then you may want to research it further so you don't show up at a village to find the party was last week. I have not included all of the Saint's days just because there are so many of them. Each church is devoted to a particular saint and that saint's name day is usually celebrated with a Panigiri festival , and a religious service. On that day, people with the same name as the saint celebrate their name day in the same way as we celebrate our birthdays.

When you go to a village ask one of the locals when the Panigiri for a particular church is and if it happens to be during your stay, in the celebration. My favorite Saint's day is for the Prophet Elias because it is held at a monastery or church on the highest point of an island which is usually on top of a mountain. Also many islands and villages will have a particular patron saint that they celebrate more then the others. Find out who that Saint is and when the Panigiri is. Questions about Holidays in Greece? You can e-mail me The top photo is of the legendary Jimmy Aramais, otherwise known as Samson, a familiar performer at street fairs and celebrations in Greece for several decades who even as an old man performed incredible feats.

These and other black and white photos I have used for this come from the book Greece , published by Hill and Wang in by Hans Reich Verlag in Munich. A marvelous photo essay of Greece in the fifties the book is out of print which is a shame. This is associated with a good start for the new year.

An old Byzantine custom of slicing the Vassilopita Basilcake or New Year Cake gives the person who finds the hidden coin in his slice, good luck for the year. On the island of Andros there are special New Years Celebrations. In the community of Plaki near Veria there is a reenactment of the old customs of Farasson in Cappadocia. In the Emborio Eordaias Community near Kozani the young men of the village turn out in local national costume dancing popular dances to the accompanyment of traditional musical instruments.

At Polikastro , near Kilkis there are folkloric celebrations in fancy Dress. January 6th Epiphany is celebrated throughout Greece when the Blessing of the Waters takes place. A cross is thrown into the sea, lakes or rivers and retrieved by swimmers who are then entitled to good luck. The event is particularly spectacular in Pireaus. In Kozani the Lougatsaria or Karnavalia folkloric celebrations are held.

Similar celebrations are held in Kastoria known as the Ragoutsiaria and go on until the 8th. This day is the name day for Fotini. January 7th In the town of Katerini and in the quarter known as Katafigioton there is a revival of the old custom of Prodomition who were the forerunners of the national liberation when the country was still under Ottoman rule.

Name Day for Yannis and Yanna January 8th The custom of female dominion or matriarchy is observed in the villages of Monoklissia and N. Petra in the region of Seres. On this day the women hang out in the cafeneons while the men stay home with the children and the chores. At nightfall they are allowed to the women in celebration. This custom also takes place in the villages of Strimi and Xilagani in the Komotini region and at Nea Kassani near Xanthi. A similar celebration takes place in the village of Aspro near Kilkis for women. In the evening festivities only married couples may take part.

January 17th is Saint Andonis day. The 18th is Saint Athanasios day. The 27th is Saint Crisostomos day. March Clean Monday or Katheri Deftera 40 days before Easter, marks the first day of lent and it is customary to go out in the country and fly paper kites. March 2nd is Saint Theodore day. March 19th is Crysanthos Day. March 25th Independence Day The Greek National Anniversary and a major religious holiday with military parades in the larger towns and cities. This celebrates Greece's victory in the war of Independence against the Turks who had occupied the country for years.

The 25th of March was actually the day Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of national rebellion at the monastery of Agia Lavra in the northern Peleponisos. For Greece, the 25th of March is the equivalent to the 4th of July to Americans. The Greeks celebrate this day with marches and celebrations throughout the country. Consequently, the Acropolis and all other archaeological sites and all museums are closed on this day. You are supposed to eat fried bakaliaro cod and skordalia garlic sauce today.

Don't ask me why. I just do it. Check with your local Greek church for exact dates since it changes every year. See my Greek Easter for lots more information on this important holiday. On Good Friday the people of the towns and villages carry candles and follow the procession of the Epitaph. Saturday in Holy Week the ceremony of the resurrection takes place in the courtyard in front of all churches and bells are rung all over the towns and cities.

Candles are lit one from the other and then the people make their way home for the traditional feast of dyed red Easter eggs and Magaritsa soup. Easter Sunday is the biggest church holiday in Greece. All over the country lambs are roasted on a spit and there is wine in abbundance. Red eggs are cracked against each other and the person with the last remaining uncracked egg will have good luck.

This is the most beautiful time to be in Greece if the weather is good. On the island of Crete you will find many villages who prepare for the bonfire effigy of Judas. Just take a trip through any rural area in the week leading up to Easter Sunday and enjoy the sight of men and women on their donkeys gathering sticks and branches in preparation for the effigy burning.

Anastasia and Anastasios celebrate their name day on Easter. April 8th In Karpathos in the traditional village of Olymbos there is a celebration known as the Lambri Triti. At Limenaria in Thassos there is a feast with local dancing. In Megara near Athens local women in traditional outfits dance the fishermens Trata. In Arahova near Delphi there is a three day non-stop feast. In Assi Gonia near Chania, Crete the religious celebration is folllowed by a sheep-shearing contest among the local shephards.

In the village of Pili on the island of Kos there are horse races followed by song and dancing. Between the 22nd and 23rd a festival is held at the Monastery of Agios Yiorgos Peristereotas in the village of Rodohori where local Pontos dances are performed.

April 15th is Leonidas name day. April 24th is Elizabeth 's name day. May In the month of May there is a folkloric festival at Eleusis near Athens. On the island of Lesvos the month of May holds the Week of Prose and Art with theatrical performances, exhibitions and various cultural and educational events in Molyvos. In Trikala the Hadjipetria Festival which features athletic contests, national dances and lectures takes place around the end of the month.

May 1st Labor day and the Feast of the Flowers. There is a general exodus to the country for picnics and the sky is filled with kites. May 21st Celebration of the Unification of the Ionian Islands with the rest of Greece takes place on the island of Corfu. In Rethymnon, Crete they celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Crete. In Kassos there is a fiesta in Vrissi with local songs and dancing. May 20th to 30th In Karditsa the Kariaskaki folkloric celebration with dancing, parades and ntry honoring the lives of the guerillas who fought Ottoman rule.

May 21strd The Anasternaria is the traditional fire walking which dates back to pagan times. Barefoot villagers of Agia Elleni near Serres and at Langada near Thessaloniki , clasp icons of Saint Constantine and Saint Helen and dance upon charcoal embers without getting burned.

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