Meteora Festivals & Cultural Events
As Meteora is a highly religious place, all the religious feasts are celebrated with solemnity. There are large feasts on the name day of the saints to which the monasteries are dedicated and also in important religious holidays.
Religious feasts & festivals
Easter is the most cosmopolitan feast in Meteora, attended by thousands of visitors every year. Visitors are not only Greek but many Greek Orthodox from other countries, particularly from Balkan countries, also attend the Easter ceremonies in this impressive backdrop of mountains and high rock pillars.
During the Easter holiday, the monks and nuns of Meteora monasteries follow an austere feast, for example on Holy Friday they have no food and water at all. Pilgrims attend the services of the Holy Week, particularly the services of Holy Thursday, Holy Friday (where the litany of Christ's tomb takes place) and on the midnight of Holy Saturday. On Easter Sunday, in the villages around Meteora, each family prepares the traditional lamb of the pit.
The cultural events "Meteora Technis" take place every summer in Kalambaka, this lovely town just below Meteora. These events last from July to September and include theatre performances, concerts of traditional Greek and international music, concerts of ecclesiastical music, dance performances, lectures, and art exhibitions.