The peaceful island of Kythira offers lively local fairs and festivals on special occassions. Locals try to revive the age-old traditions of the island offering visitors a chance to meet the folklore character of Kythira through the numerous celebrations.
Religious feasts & festivals
On August 1st is the feast day of Agia Elessa in Kythira, with a popular pilgrimage to the monastery of Agia Elessa.
On September 24th is the celebration in the Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa. According to the legend, this is the day when the miraculous icon was found.
The Monastery of Agios Theodoros celebrates the first Saturday of the Lent. Agios Thedoros is the protector of the island.
The Wine Festival in Minata village takes place in the first weekend of August, to honor the rich wine production of Kythira island. There is plenty of food and traditional dancing.
The Agricultural Festival takes place at the end of August in Fratsia Kythira. Preparations are made by local women dressed in traditional costumes and offering treats and local delicacies to the visitors, including olive-oil, wine, honey as well as products made by the local craftsmen of the island.