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There is an old saying: Santorini has more churches than houses and more wine than water...
Regarding the religious feasts of Santorini, locals tend to organize them with a great love for tradition and faith. Usually, for these festivities, preparations start some days before the feast day, including cooking and decoration of the church. Every village has its own patron saint which is celebrated with passion with various ceremonies and church services. In Easter or on the feast day of Holy Virgin, the ceremony is very touching where local light candles and a procession takes place around the settlements of Santorini.
During the summer season, Santorini counts on major cultural events. The most important festivals are:
Megaron Gyzi Festival
The Festival of Megaron Gyzi takes place the first three weeks of August in Gyzi Cultural Centre in Fira. It includes various events, mostly musical concerts of jazz and classical music and art exhibitions.
Santorini Jazz Festival
The Santorini Jazz Festival takes place in July, in the heart of the summer and attracts the lovers of Jazz music. Famous performers from the Greek or international scene will entertain you with their jazz rhythms.
The Ifestia Festival (meaning the Greek Volcano festival) is organized annually in Santorini, every August. It involves a representation of the eruption of the island's volcano with fireworks and a series of interesting events, concerts and dance performances.
International Music Festival
The International Music Festival welcomes artists from the international music scene to perform for two weeks in Fira, during September.
For more events, have a look at our Agenda.
Easter in Santorini is celebrated with solemn and glory. Particularly the atmosphere in the village of Pyrgos is very nice with candle lights spread at the street sides on Holy Friday.
29th of May
On the 29th of May, the feast day of Agia Theodosia is celebrated in Akrotiri village.
1st of July
On the 1st of July, the feast day of Agioi Anargyroi in Megalochori village.
20th of July
On 20th July the feast day of Profitis Ilias is celebrated in Fira village.
24th of July
On the 24th of July, the feast day of Agios Ioannis is celebrated in Monolithos village.
25th of July
On 25th July the feast day of Agia Anni is celebrated in Vothonos village.
27th of July
On 27th July the feast day of Agios Panteleimon is celebrated in Vourvoulos village.
4th of August
On 4th August the feast day of the Holy Seven Children is celebrated in Finikia village.
6th of August
On 6th August the feast day of Transfiguration of Christ is celebrated in Pyrgos, Akrotiri, and Fira villages.
15th of August
On 15th August the feast day of the Diocese of Virgin Mary is celebrated in Akrotiri, Firostefani and most villages of Santorini. The biggest celebration held in Santorini for the feast day of Holy Virgin, in the church of Panagia Episkopi. Preparations start one day before with traditional food and local wine which is distributed to the people.
31st of August
On 31st August the feast day of Agia Zoni is celebrated in Kamari village.
8th of September
On 8th of September, the feast day of Holy Cross is celebrated in Perissa.
14th of September
On 14th September the feast day of the Holy Cross is celebrated in Perissa village.
20th of September
On 20th September the feast day of Agios Efstathios is celebrated in Kontohori village.
24th of September
On 24th September the feast day of Mary Myrtidiotissa is celebrated in Kamari village.
26th of September
On 26th September the feast day of Agios Ioannis is celebrated in Fira village.
10th of October
On 10th October the feast day of Agia Zoni is celebrated in Kamari village.
20th of October
On 20th October the feast day of Agios Gerasimos is celebrated in Firostefani village.
22nd of October
On 22nd October the feast day of Agios Averkios, Patron of wine is celebrated in most Villages in Santorini.
26th of October
On 26th October the feast day of Agios Dimitrios is celebrated in Messaria village.
1st of November
On 1st November the feast day of Agios Anargyros is celebrated in Messaria village.
11th of November
On 11th November the feast day of Agios Minas is celebrated in Fira village.
13th of November
On 13th November the feast day of Agios Ioannis is celebrated in Imerovigli village.
6th of December
On 6th December the feast day of Agios Nikolaos is celebrated in the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos in Thira village.
9th of December
On 9th December the feast day of Agia Anni is celebrated in Vothonos village.
12th of December
On 12th December the feast day of Agios Spyridon is celebrated in the villages of Pyrgos, Emporio, and Oia.
13th of December
On 13th December the feast day of Agios Efstratios is celebrated in Vourvoulos village.
15th of December
On 15th December the feast day of Agios Eleftherios is celebrated in Kontohori village.