The local feasts are part of Milos culture which passes from generation to generation. Even today, these special events are landmarks in the lives of the inhabitants and a unique chance to socialize and enjoy some dancing. The feasts of Milos include traditional dances, music, local wine and delicacies and they usually take place in the churchyards during the summer season.
Religious feasts & festivals
On the 15th of August, the feast day of the Dormition of the Virgin, the most important feast of Milos takes place in the village of Zefuria, at the church of Virgin Mary Portaitissa. Hundreds of people arrive from the early evening hours till midnight, among them, are local musicians and many young crowds. Many local delicacies are served. It is celebrated all over Greece. Parallel events occur in Adamas celebrating St. Haralambos. During summer, there are many feasts dedicated to the Holy Virgin taking place in the villages or Chora.
On the 6th of September, the feast day of Agios Sostis is celebrated in Provata village.
On the 7th of September, the feast day of Panagia Eleousa is celebrated in Psathades village.
On the 8th of September, the feast day of Panagia Korfiatissa is celebrated in Plaka village.
During Easter, old customs awaited to be revived in the island's churches like the burning of Judas in the village of Triovassalos. On Holy Saturday, visitors can see the firework celebration which lights up the sky.
The Festival of Milos is the most important cultural event on this island which is held on the first weekend of July. It usually lasts for one or two months and the set of events includes concerts, art exhibitions, dance happenings, children activities, book fairs, and film festivals.