There is an old saying: Santorini has more churches than houses and more wine than water... Regarding the religious feasts of Santorini, locals tend to organize them with great love for tradition and faith. Usually for these festivities preparations start some days before the feast day including cooking and decoration of the church. Every village has its own patron saint which is celebrated with passion with various ceremonies and church services. In Easter or on the feast day of Holy Virgin, the ceremony is very touching where local light candles and a procession takes place around the settlements of Santorini. The most important dates of celebration are:
Religious feasts & festivals
Easter in Santorini is celebrated with solemn and glory. Particularly the atmosphere in the village of Pyrgos is very nice with candle lights spread at the street sides on Holy Friday.
On the 15th of August, the biggest celebration held in Santorini for the feast day of Holy Virgin, in the church of Panagia Episkopi. Preparations start one day before with traditional food and local wine which is distributed to the people.
On 29th of May, the feast day of Agia Theodosia is celebrated in Akrotiri village.
On 1st of July, the feast day of Agioi Anargyroi in Megalochori village.
On 24th of July, the feast day of Agios Ioannis is celebrated in Monolithos village.
On 8th of September, the feast day of Holy Cross is celebrated in Perissa.
During the summer season, Santorini counts on major cultural events. The most important festivals are:
The Festival of Megaron Gyzi takes place the first three weeks of August in Gyzi Cultural Centre in Fira. It includes various events, mostly musical concerts of jazz and classical music and art exhibitions .
The Santorini Jazz Festival takes place in July, in the heart of the summer and attracts the lovers of Jazz music. Famous performers from the Greek or international scene will entertain you with their jazz rythms.
The Ifestia Festival (meaning the Greek Volcano festival) is organized annually in Santorini, every August. It involves a representation of the eruption of the island's volcano with fireworks and a series of interesting events, concerts and dance performances.
The International Music Festival welcomes artists from the international music scene to perform for two weeks in Fira, during September.