The religious feasts and local festivals of Amorgos are deeply rooted in the past and have a strong connection with Greek Orthodoxy. The Cycladic island has a long tradition of festivities that take place throughout the year, where inhabitants are involved in the organizing of the feast, and visitors taste the delicious recipes and dance to the traditional music of Amorgos. The major festivals in Amorgos are:
Religious festivals & feasts
The Celebration of Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian calendar. During the week of Easter, various ceremonies and religious services take place in the churches of the island. The most unique experience is the Epitaph, on the Holy Friday night and on Easter Sunday when the icon of the Virgin Mary is kept in Hozoviotissa Monastery and is taken out in the streets of Chora for a week before it is back to the monastery.
Feast Day of Agioi Anargyroi
The feast day of Agioi Anargyroi is celebrated on July 1st in the villages of Tholaria and Aegialis. There are traditional music and dances.
Feast Day of Agia Paraskevi
On July 26th, there are celebrations for the feast day of Agia Paraskevi. The homonymous church lies in Arkesini and there is plenty of food and wine during that day. It is one of the major celebrations of Amorgos where thousands of pilgrims and visitors gather together.
On August 6th, the day of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, locals are involved in one of the greatest feasts of Amorgos which takes place in Chora (Loza Square) with wine and local music.
On November 21st, Amorgos celebrates the anniversary of the Virgin Mary Hozoviotissa Monastery, the patron saint of the island. During this day many local festivities take place in the villages with wine and food. The monastery welcomes a large number of pilgrims.
On August 15th, there is a big festival in honor of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Plenty of local delicacies are served with the tasty rakomelo (raki with honey).
Psimeni Raki Festival
Psimeni Raki festival is one of the liveliest events in Amorgos. It takes place every summer in Katapola on July 26th. Visitors are served psimeni raki (the local drink) mixed with honey and traditional food.