Skyros island still remains one of the least-known destinations in Greece. Preserving this kind of anonymity, the locals are mostly involved in the organizing of religious feasts which play a major role in the life of Skyros. Glorious celebrations are held to honour the saints where participation is free.
Religious feasts & festivals
The celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin, on the 15th of August, is an important festival attended by all locals. In the evening, there is a large panigiri in open space.
On the afternoon of July 25th, the locals get aboard the fishing boats in the port of Molos and go to the small islet just opposite the beach, with the chapel of Agios Ermolaos on top. A holy mass takes place there, followed by an open panigiri.
On July 26th in the evening, there is a Holy Mass in the church of Agios Panteleimon, on the way to the airport of Skyros.
The Carnival is very impressive in Skyros island, as many old traditions are followed. On Carnival Sunday, people stroll around the streets of Skyros Town dressed in pagan costums and holding large bells.