Ionian Festivals

Ionian Festivals

Information about the Festivals in Ionian islands, in Greece but also information about the festivals and panigiria in many islands of the group: All the Ionian islands have an impressive variety of events which highlight the traditional wealth, the religious faith and the aspects of culture through the annual feasts and summer festivals.

Religious feasts & festivals

Easter in Corfu

Easter is particularly impressive in all the Ionian islands, but the most famous Easter celebrations in Greece take place in Corfu. On Holy Friday, the local bands and choir of the island accompany the procession of Epitaphios (the tomb of the Christ decorated with flowers) and the processions of all churches are gathered in Spianada Square, Corfu Town. Preparations start from the early morning hours for the Holy Saturday where the locals celebrate the first resurrection throwing clay pots from their balconies in Corfu Town.

Agios Spiridon

Agios Spiridon, the patron saint of Corfu, celebrates four times a year: on December 12th, on Sunday before Easter, on the first Sunday of November and on August 11th.

Agios Gerasimos

The Monastery of Agios Gerasimos in Kefalonia island celebrates on August 16th and attracts many pilgrims. Agios Gerasimos is the protector of the island.

Cultural events

Robola Wine Festival in Kefalonia

The Robola Wine Festival takes place usually in the third weekend of August in Fragata in Kefalonia. The festival is organized by the Cooperation of Robola Producers in Kefalonia and concentrates thousands of visitors. There is free robola wine, food and dancing till the early hours.

Carnival of Corfu

The Carnival of Corfu is much influenced from the Carnival of Venice after so many centuries of Venetian occupation on the island. Many traditional costumes take place in Corfu Old Town and a great parade in Liston.

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