After the continuous invasions that Zakynthos suffered, the island gave birth to some folklore traditions which are strongly connected to the religious worship. Throughout the centuries, the local feasts, mostly those that have a religious character are well-maintained to this day. Today, there are countless festivities accompanied by great wine and food served to the tourists.
Religious feasts & festivals
Agios Dionysios celebrates twice per year: on August 24th and December 17th. There are litanies of the icon around Zakynthos Town and other festive celebrations.
Santa Mavra in Maherado celebrates on May 3rd.
The Monastery of Panagia Anafonitria in Zakynthos island celebrates on August 15th.
Agia Paraskevi celebrates on July 26th in the villages of Agios Leon and Volimes.
The backgammon festival marks the beginning of summer in Zakynthos. This is a special meeting point for the experts and lovers of chess and backgammon.