Festivals

The festivals are a custom unaltered over time and help in maintaining faith and Amorgian tradition. They are based on contribution of people of Amorgos.

A few days before each festival, residents of the island and the surrounding islands make offer gathering the necessary materials. Volunteer cookers prepare traditional dishes, which are “consecrated” by the priests and then offered to visitors the day before or the day of celebration. After that, feasts are performed in the village with local songs.

Major festivals in Amorgos are:

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  1. Mar
    25
    Sun

    1. National Day (all-day)
      Mar 25

      Annuciation – Parades in Chora, Langada and Katapola

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  2. Apr
    9
    Mon

    1. Easter period (all-day)
      Apr 9 – Apr 16

      Easter in Greece is the biggest holiday of the year and is even more important than Christmas, with week long celebrations and traditions.

      The Greek Orthodox Church plays a large role in the Greek Easter ‘Paska’ or ‘ Pascha’ celebrations.

      Greek Orthodox Easter usually falls one week after the Western
      (Protestant, Catholic) Easter, while approximately once every four years it falls on the same date.

      The breathtaking scenery of the green and flowery Amorgos combined with local traditions, make Easter a unique, unforgettable experience.

      Easter period lasts two weeks. The Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of Holy Week.
      Maundy Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, recalls Jesus’s last meal and His arrest and imprisonment. Many Protestant churches hold Communion services on this day. Good Friday observes the death of Jesus on the cross. The same night, the procession of the Epitaphios. The roads from where Epitaphios passes are strewn with herbs which give off a heady scent. On Holy Saturday, the evening of the resurrection, offers a spectacular view of the numerous flares which spread in the sky.

      On Easter Sunday the icon of the Virgin Maria of Chozoviotissa is taken to the villages. Three icons begin simultaneously, one for Aegiali, one for Katomeria and the third for Chora and Katapola. On Sunday of Thomas they are returned to the monastery and accompanied by people from all over the island. It is a custom from the Byzantine era.

       

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  3. May
    8
    Tue

    1. Theologos (all-day)
      May 8

      Feast of Agios Ioannis Theologos in Aegiali, in Krikelos. Traditional food is offered and there is local music.

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  4. Jul
    1
    Sun

    1. Agion Anargiron (all-day)
      Jul 1

      Agioi Anargiroi in Tholaria. Local food (patatato) is offered, followed by feasting and dancing.

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  5. Jul
    26
    Thu

    1. St. Paraskevi (all-day)
      Jul 26

      Agia Paraskevi at Kolofana. The biggest festival of Amorgos, with traditional food, local music, dancing and large attendance believers from all over Greece.

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  6. Jul
    27
    Fri

    1. Agiou Penteleimona (all-day)
      Jul 27

      Festival at the Katapola square.

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  7. Aug
    6
    Mon

    1. Christ’s Metamorphosis (all-day)
      Aug 6

      Christ’s Metamorphosis. It is celebrated with wine and live performances at the Chora’s square (Loza).

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  8. Aug
    15
    Wed

    1. Panagia (all-day)
      Aug 15

      The Assumption of Mary. Icon of Panagia Katapoliani is carried around Katapola port.

      Feast at Langada (Virgin Epanochoriani) where traditional dishes are offered, with local music.

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  9. Aug
    17
    Fri

    1. Giorti Pasteliou (all-day)
      Aug 17

      “Pasteli”, traditional favorite sweet of Amorgos, is honored once a year.

      “Pasteli” on lemon leaves continues to be the first sweet island weddings, baptisms,  in joys and celebrations. Based on two natural products, whose production was abundant in Amorgos:

      - Honey at three main versions, namely reikomelo (from the rich autumnal flowering “reikiou”), “magiatiko” (from spring blooming flowers) and “thumarisio” (from summer flowering thyme).

      - Sesame, which is not currently produced but before the production was great in Amorgos.

      In recent years, the Cultural Association of  Chora “Simonidis”, organized with great success in the first ten days of August the “Festival of pasteli” at Chora. This is a mini festival where traditional craftsmen with their assistants show the production of pastels, which are then distributed to the visitors. during the  preparation, but also after its end, local music is played, followed by a feast with raki and dances till dawn.

      Information about the “Festival of pasteli”:
      Cultural Association “Simonidis” Tel: +30 22850 74033

       

       

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  10. Sep
    14
    Fri

    1. Stavros (all-day)
      Sep 14

      Festival of the Holy Cross on top of Krikelos mountain the northern tip of the island. The festival is combined with 2.5 hours walking from the village of Lagada. Local dishes like patatato are offered.

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