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Festivals and Cultural Events in Pelion Greece

Cultural Events Pelion Greece Pilio Traditional Celebrations in PelionThere 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.

Below is a list of the festivals and cultural events , and the villages that they take place in.

DATE OF EVENT

VILLAGE

DETAILS

March
(Last week of Halloween)
Pteleos
The carnival for the Greek celebration of Halloween.
March
(Last Sunday of ..)
Sourpi
Cultural festivities, theater plays and music.
April 23rd
Keramidi
Festival of Agios Georgios. Traditional music and dance. The traditional while rice "Pligouri" is served.
May 1st
Trikeri
Traditional marriage or engagement takes place. Traditional dance and music at the party, and the women of Trikeri wear the traditional clothes.
May 1st
Alli Meria
The flower festival "Yiotri Tou Louloudion". Beautiful exhibits of flowers from local gardeners.
May 1st and 2nd
Lafkos
Large religious festival at the monestary, Traditional music, dance food and wine.
May
Portaria
"International Dance Day".
May 6th
Agios Dimitrios
Festival for Agio Gianni Theologou.
June 1st
Katohori
"Tsipouro" festival. See tsipouro being produced. Afterwards there is a large party with music, dance, and of course, "Free" tsipouro.
June 4th
Potistika
Name day of Agios Panteleimonas. Traditional dance and music.
June 8th
Pteleos
Festival of Agios Panteleimonas.
June
(3rd weekend of ..)
Agios Lavrentios
Festival of Kerasiou (Cherries) - traditional music and dance.
July
Makrinitsa
Celebrations of "Mays" and "Maithes", which have their roots with the ancient Greek God Dionysos - based on the renaissance of life and nature.
July
Portaria
"International Dance Festival for Children".
July
(1st days of ..)
Lehonia (Ano)
Festival for the memory of Agii Anargiri - Organised cultural shows known as "Lehonitika".
July 1st
Vizitsa
Day of Agios Anargiron. Traditional dance and music.
July 6th and 7th
Agia Kiriaki
Festival for the memory of Agia iriaki. Traditional dance and songs, with folklore instruments.
July 17th
Amaliapolis
Large festival at Agia Triatho.
July 17th
Kissos
Festival of Agia Marina. Traditional dance and music in the village square.
July 20th
Mouresi
Festival for the name of "Profiti Hilia".
July 24th
Agios Vlasios
Religious feast for Agios Vlasios in the main square. Traditional song and dance.
July 25th
Kalamos
Festival of Agia Paraskevi - traditional song and dance.
July 25th
Lafkos
Festival of Agia Paraskevi - traditional music and dance.
July 25th & 26th
Sourpi
Celebration of Agia Paraskevi.
July 25th - 27th
Milies
Name day of "Sotiros" - traditional dance and music.
July 27th
Mouresi
Celebration of Agios Panteleimonas.
July 27th
Pteleos
Festival of "Agios Panteleimonas".
July
(End of ..)
Stagiates
"Sausage Festival" - traditional dance and music plus a demonstration of how the sausages are made.
July
(End of ..)
Agria
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.
August
Portaria
"International Dance Festival".
August
Pteleos
The celebrated "Olive Festival".
August
(First 10 days of ..)
Anhialos (Nea)
Wine festival "Yiorti Tou Krasiou" - local wine and Greek song and dance.
August
(First days of ..)
Pigadi
Festival of "Psarathiki Vrathia" - (Fishermans Night) - free fish and wine.
August
(First week of ..)
Sourpi
Cultural Festivals, theater plays and music.
August 3rd - 5th
Agios Dimitrios
Ceremony at the Metamorphosis of Soteria - traditional dance and song and food.
August 6th
Amaliapolis
Celebration for the "Metamorphosis of Soteria" - traditional song and dance.
August 6th
Mikro
Name day of "Sotiros" - Traditional dance and music.
August 15th
Vizitsa
Name days for Panagia (Virgin Mary) - Traditional song and music.
August 15th
Xourihti
Big festival at the main square - traditional dance and music.
August 15th
Pteleos
Festival in memory of the God Mother of Theotokos.
August 15th
Kala Nera
Festival of Panagia (The Holy Mother) - traditional dance and music.
August 15th and 16th
Agios Lavrentios
Celebration for the memory of Monk Lavrentios. This is a large ceromony, and people from all over Greece travel to pay their respects.
August
(Middle of ..)
Milina
"Milina Night" festival.
August 23rd
Pteleos
Festival in memory of Panagia Xenia (The Holy Mother, Protector of Hospitality).
August 25th
Makrirahi
Local "Flower Association" organises a huge flower exhibition in the village square.
August 27th
Mouresi
Celebration for Agios Fanourios.
August 29th
Vizitsa
Day of Agios Ioannis Prothronos. - Traditional dance and song.
August
(End of ..)
Milies
Festival for "Pear Night".
August
(Last week of ..)
Portaria
Revival of a traditional Pelion wedding.
Summer
Afissos
A collection of shows and festival, known as "Argonautica", in tribute to Jason and the Argonauts.
September
(The beginning of ..)
Zagora
Festival of the "Apple", organised by the female corporation of Zagora - traditional dance and music.
September 2nd
Kissos
Festival of Agiou Efstathiou - traditional music and dance in the village square.
September 5th and 6th
Paltsi
Festival for the name day of Agion Taxiaharhon.
September 13th and 14th
Gatzea (Kato)
Festival of Timiou Stavrou (The Holy Cross).



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