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Cultural Events in Pelion

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There are many festivals and celebrations that take place in Pelion throughout the year. These can range from celebrations for the name days of many of the villages, such as Agios Dimitrios, Agios Ioannis and Agios Lavrentios, to specially organised musical or theatrical events.

These festivals and local events are a wonderful way for visitors to the Pelion peninsula to partake in something very special amongst the locals. There is usually food and drink available at these events, as well as traditional Greek dance and music.

Everyone is welcome to attend these celebrations, so if you happen to be in Pelion one of these special days, you should really take the opportunity to experience a very traditional and unique event.

VillageDateDetails
KeramidiApril 23Festival of Agios Georgios. Traditional music and dance. The traditional while rice “Pligouri” is served.
TrikeriMay 1Traditional marriage or engagement takes place. Traditional dance and music at the party, and the women of Trikeri wear the traditional clothes.
Alli MeriaMay 1The flower festival “Yiotri Tou Louloudion”. Beautiful exhibits of flowers from local gardeners.
LafkosMay 1-2Large religious festival at the monestary, Traditional music, dance food and wine.
PortariaMay“International Dance Day”.
Agios DimitriosMay 6Festival for Agio Gianni Theologou.
Kala NeraEnd of May or beginning of JuneHoly blessing of the horses at the beach of the village
KatohoriJune 1“Tsipouro” festival. See tsipouro being produced. Afterwards there is a large party with music, dance, and of course, “Free” tsipouro.
PotistikaJune 4Name day of Agios Panteleimonas. Traditional dance and music.
Agios LavrentiosJune (3rd weekend)Festival of Kerasiou (Cherries) – traditional music and dance.
MakrinitsaJulyCelebrations of “Mays” and “Maithes”, which have their roots with the ancient Greek God Dionysos – based on the renaissance of life and nature.
PortariaJuly“International Dance Festival for Children”
Lehonia AnoJuly (First days)Festival for the memory of Agii Anargiri – Organised cultural shows known as “Lehonitika”.
VizitsaJuly 1Day of Agios Anargiron. Traditional dance and music.
Agia KiriakiJuly 6-7Festival for the memory of Agia iriaki. Traditional dance and songs, with folklore instruments.
KissosJuly 17Festival of Agia Marina. Traditional dance and music in the village square.
MouresiJuly 20Festival for the name of “Profiti Hilia”.
Agios VlasiosJuly 24Religious feast for Agios Vlasios in the main square. Traditional song and dance.
LafkosJuly 25Festival of Agia Paraskevi – traditional music and dance.
SourpiJuly 25-26Celebration of Agia Paraskevi.
MiliesJuly 25-27Name day of “Sotiros” – traditional dance and music.
MouresiJuly 27Celebration of Agios Panteleimonas.
StagiatesJuly (End of)“Sausage Festival” – traditional dance and music plus a demonstration of how the sausages are made.
AgriaJuly (End of)Psaradiki Vrathia (Fishing Night) – Festival with a variety of fishing traditions and customs, and offering of the famous fish soup (Kakavia) – Traditional song and dance.
PortariaAugust“International Dance Festival”.
Nea AnhialosAugust (First 10 days)Wine festival “Yiorti Tou Krasiou” – local wine and Greek song and dance.
AmaliapolisAugust 6Celebration for the “Metamorphosis of Soteria” – traditional song and dance.
MikroAugust 6Name day of “Sotiros” – Traditional dance and music.
VizitsaAugust 15Big festival at the main square – traditional dance and music.
Kala NeraAugust 15Festival of Panagia (The Holy Mother) – traditional dance and music.
Agios LavrentiosAugust 15-16Celebration for the memory of Monk Lavrentios. This is a large ceromony, and people from all over Greece travel to pay their respects.
MilinaAugust (Middle)“Milina Night” festival.
MakrirahiAugust 25Local “Flower Association” organises a huge flower exhibition in the village square.
MouresiAugust 27Celebration for Agios Fanourios.
VizitsaAugust 29Day of Agios Ioannis Prothronos. – Traditional dance and song.
MiliesAugust (End)Festival for “Pear Night”.
PortariaAugust (Last week)Revival of a traditional Pelion wedding.
AfissosSummerA collection of shows and festival, known as “Argonautica”, in tribute to Jason and the Argonauts.
ZagoraSeptember (Start)Festival of the “Apple”, organised by the female corporation of Zagora – traditional dance and music.
KissosSeptember 2Festival of Agiou Efstathiou – traditional music and dance in the village square.
PaltsiSeptember 5-6Festival for the name day of Agion Taxiaharhon.
Gatzea KatoSeptember 13-14Festival of Timiou Stavrou (The Holy Cross).
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