Corfu Festivals & Cultural Events

Corfu Festivals
Festivals and cultural events of Corfu

Plenty of feasts take place in the cosmopolitan island of Corfu throughout the year. During the summer season, visitors will enjoy countless of glorious events which are dedicated to the saints.

Religious feasts & festivals

Easter

The celebration of Easter in Corfu is truly a unique experience carrying elements from the Roman Catholic community and Orthodox religion. On Holy Friday, the local bands and choir of the island accompany the procession of Epitaphios (the tomb of the Christ decorated with flowers) and the processions of all churches are gathered in Spianada Square, Corfu Town. Preparations start from the early morning hours for the Holy Saturday where local celebrate the first resurrection throwing clay pots from their balconies in Corfu Town. This particular custom is very characteristic of Easter in Corfu.

Saint Spiridon

Saint Spiridon is the patron saint of Corfu island. The legend says that it has saved the island many times from plague, famine and invasions from Sarakins and Turks in the Medieval times. Although he never lived in Corfu, his relics came to the island after his death. Saint Spyridon is very beloved in the residents of Corfu and celebrates four times a year: on December 12th, on Sunday before Easter, on the first Sunday of November and on August 11th.

July 2nd

On July 2nd, there is a feast in Panagia Vlacherna in Kanoni, Corfu Town.

August 6th

On August 6th, the feast for the Tranfiguration of the Christ, there is a feast in Pontikonisi. Also from August 1st to 6th, there is pilgrimage in the Monastery of Pantokrator, Corfu island.

Cultural events

Carnival

The Carnival of Corfu ressembles a lot to the Carnival of Venice, as it has its roots in the Venetian occupation of the island in the 17th century. Many traditional costumes take place in Corfu Old Town as well as a great parade in Liston.

Varkarola

The Varkarola is a special local event which is celebrated every August with choirs in boats singing cantades (traditional romantic songs from the late 19th/early 20th century) while fireworks light up the sky.

Cricket Festival

The Cricket Festival is a local custom coming from the British domination of the Ionian islands. This festival is annually and takes places in the huge cricket ground in Espianada Square, Corfu Town.

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