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NAME DATE CITY DESCRIPTION
FEAST-DAY OF ST. CONSTANTINOS & HELENMAY 21stAGIA
EVAGELISMOUMARCH 25AGIA MARINA
FEAST-DAY OF ST. MARINAJULY 17thAGIA MARINA
FEAST-DAY OF ST. THEODOROIJUNE 8thAGIA MARINAA fair held at Thodorou (ancient Akitos), a small island opposite of Agia Marina. The island is famous for the nurture of the Cretan wildgoat.
FEAST-DAY OF HOLY TRINITYAKROTIRIA fair taking place at the Monastery of Agia Triada Jagarolon, during which, the convent’s library remains open for the people, who have the opportunity to admire the collection of Byzantine icons and 19th codes.
FEAST-DAY OF VIRGIN MARYSEPTEMBER 8thAKROTIRIThe fair honoring Virgin Mary takes place at Sternes and Kounoupidiana, two small villages located at the centralist part of Akrotiri.
FEAST-DAY OF THE HOLY CROSS13 -14 OF SEPTEMBERALIKIANOS
GRAZIER FEASTAPRIL 23rd or ST. GEORGE'SASI GONIAThe stock-breeders fair is one of the most spectacular fairs in Crete. Thousands goats and sheep are gathered around the church. After the church, people milk. In the evening, the fest is carried on in the villages cafes.
"VENIZELIA"MAYHANIAAthletic competitions are held at Hania during the last week of May, as part of the festivities for the anniversary of the “Battle of Crete”. The competitions are organized by the Athletic Association of Hania and the Ministry of Athletics.
PANCRETAN CONVECION OF PEACEMAYHANIAIt is organized by the Mayor’s Office, for the anniversary of the “Battle of Crete”.
FEAST AT M.CHRISOSKALITISSAAUGUST 15thCHRISOSKALITISSAA grand fest at the Monastery, at August 15.
CHESTNUT FEAST1st SUNDAY AFTER OCTOBER 20thELOSThe chestnut fair takes place at Elos Innochorion of Kastanochorion. Many people from all over Crete come to the fair and they are offered roasted chestnuts or pastries made of chestnuts, and “tsikoudia”. After that, a traditional Cretan fest takes place.
FEAST-DAY OF ST. AKINITOSAUGUST 12thFALASARNAAt Platanos, a modern village with many garden products, the fair of Akinitos is held every year.
FEAST-DAY OF ST. PARASKEVIJULY 26thFALASARNA
FEAST-DAY OF ST. PANTELEIMONJULY 27thFOURNES
FEAST-DAY OF MARY THIMIANITHE LAST SUNDAY OF MAYFRAGOKASTELO
FEAST OF ST. NIKITASSEPTEMBER 15thFRAGOKASTELOFestivals are organized at the same period.
FEAST-DAY OF ST. IRINIMAY 5thGEORGIOUPOLIThe Community organizes a traditional grand fest, at the central square of the town, in which not only the inhabitants take part, but the visitors, too.
FEAST-DAY OF ST. JOHNAUGUST 29thGEORGIOUPOLI
FEAST DAY OF THE TRANSFIGURATIONAUGUST 6thGEORGIOUPOLIBuilt on Almiros plain, Georgioupoli has turned out to be a modern bathing-resort. Thus, many tourists come to the fair which is held in honor of the Metamorphosis of Jesus.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF CRETEMAYKANTANOSKandanos holds a significant role at the festival for the anniversary of the “Battle of Crete”, since the village was totally destroyed by the Germans during the World War II, in May 25 1941, in particular.
ASCENDANCE FEASTASCENDANCE'S DAYKANTANOS
WINE FEASTAUGUSTKASTELLI
ANNUNCIANCION OF VIRGIN MARYMARCH 25thKATO STALOS
FEAST-DAY OF ST.-JOHNAUGUST 29thKOLIMBARIThe ceremony at the church of St. John, at Rodopos, is held the night before the celebration. The church lies at the bottom of a steep precipice, thus one can descend only before dark and ascend after dawn.
FEAST-DAY OF THE HOLY CROSSSEPTEMBER 14thKOLIMBARIEvery year, the fair of the True Cross is held at the village of Tavronitis, near the homonymous river.
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARYAUGUST 15thKOLIMBARIThe fair of August 15 takes place at the Monastery of Kera Gonia, honored in the name of Virgin Mary the Leader (Odigitria). The Monastery includes a great collection of post-Byzantine icons and relics of saints.
FEAST-DAY OF ST. ANTONYJANUARY 17thMALEME
FEAST-DAY OF ST. PANTELEIMONJULY 27thOMALOSAt the beautiful orange-village at Keritis plain, Fourne, every year the fair of St. Panteleimonas takes place.
INDEPENDENCE DAYMARCH 25thPALEOHORA
MUSICAL AUGUST1 - 10 of AUGUSTPALEOHORAAt Paleohora Hanion the first ten days of August are full of festivals, exhibitions, music nights and song contests. Thus, August is called “musical August” in Crete.
FEAST "KALOKERI"AUGUST-SEPTEMBERPALEOHORAVarious cultural events take place.
FEAST-DAY OF THE TRANSFIGURATIONAUGUST 6thPERIVOLIA
FEAST-DAY OF THE HOLY FATHERSOCTOBER 7thPOLYRRINIAEvery year, the traditional fair of the Holly Fathers takes place at Polirrinia, the “city of many congregations”.
MARINE WEEKJUNESOUDA
FEAST OF ST. ELIASJULY 20thSOUGIAA Cretan fest at Ai-Lias (St. Elias) at Sougia Hanion. The families that attend the fest, go there from the night before, bringing their meal with them. They sing and dance, until the sun rises.
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN-MARYAUGUST 15thTHERISO
FEAST OF TOPOLIATHE TUESDAY AFTER EASTERTOPOLIAA grand fest in the cave of Agia Sophia, the Tuesday after Easter.
FEAST OF THE EPISTELS PAVLOU & PETROUJUNE 29VAMOS
HOHLIOVRADIAAPRILVAMOSDuring the fair the visitors are offered cooked snails, win and "tsikoudia"
VAMOS FESTIVALEARLY AUGUSTVAMOSAt the festival of Vamos many famous artists participate, whether they are musicians, dancers or singers. The festival includes exhibitions of popular art, traditional craftsmanship and folklore material.


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