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Information about the Festivals on Cyclades islands, in Greece but also information about the festivals and panigiria on many islands of the group: All over Greece, islands, cities and even the smallest villages organize joyful feasts and festivals which are strongly connected to their traditional customs. The Greek islands of Cyclades are the most characteristic examples to enjoy beautiful night-long celebrations with food, wine, and traditional dances. From all the feasts that exist in the Cyclades, the festivals of Panagia (Virgin Mary) on August 15th are the ones standing out as they combine folklore elements with a lively atmosphere. Such feasts can be seen in Tinos, Amorgos, Santorini, Folegandros, and many other islands and are considered among the best festivals in Greece.
August 15th is the most important religious day in Greece and the Greek islands. That day, many churches on Cyclades islands celebrate with a Holy Mass early in the morning. In the evening, a public holiday in the village square follows, where people dance together, drink wine and taste local dishes. On this day, there are panigiria on all the islands of Cyclades as there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on every island. The largest celebrations take place in Tinos, as Virgin Mary of Tinos is considered the protector of Greece, in the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Paros and the Monastery of Hozoviotissa in Amorgos.
Easter celebrations are special on all Greek islands. Easter holidays in Syros, Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros are particularly popular. Every year, the Greek Easter is on a different date (movable feat) but usually, it takes place in Easter.
The feast of Panagia Chryssopighi is the most important on Sifnos island. It takes place on the second Friday after Easter.
In Santorini, the Ifestia Festival (meaning the Volcano Festival) is organized annually, usually in August. It involves the representation of the eruption of Santorini volcano, with fireworks and a series of interesting events, concerts and dance performances.
The Ermoupoleia Festival takes place in Syros every September and includes cultural events, like musical, theatrical performances and art exhibitions.
Naxos Festival takes place every July and August in Bazeos Venetian Tower in the center of Naxos island. It includes musical concerts, drama performances, workshops, lectures, and art exhibitions.
The Festival was founded in the year 2004, charged with supporting and promoting the art of classical music via education, and artistic activities and creativity.
For more festivals, have a look to upcoming Events in Greece.
Information about Festivals and events in some of the islands of the Cyclades: