Thursday, August 17, 2017

Festivals and Events in Santorini

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Santorini hosts a number of cultural, musical and religious festivals. The most prominent Santorini festivals are:
- The Santorini Jazz Festival in Kamari, some 10 km  from Fira, which lasts for three days in July and includes performance by both Greek and international musicians - something not to be missed under any circumstances.

-The "Ifaisteia" Festival, which takes place in August and includes various cultural events, music concerts, traditional dance performances and representation of a volcanic explosion with fireworks.

-The International Music Festival, held in early September. Famous artists from all over the world perform at the Nomikos Conference Center.

-The Festival of Episkopi in Mesa Gonia on August 15. The traditional fava dish is served to all participants.

Church celebrations and festivals: Each church on the island has a celebration on the name day of its patron saint, which often includes open-air stalls selling traditional products, food and wine. The most popular festivals are Profitis Ilias on July 20 in Fira, Metamorfosi Sotiros on August 6 and Virgin Mary on August 15 in Akrotiri, Panagia Myrtidiotissa on September 24 in Kamari, Agion Epta Paidion on August 4 in Oia and Agios Ioannis on August 29 in Perissa
Other festivals tend to be of a more religious nature, such as the Greek Orthodox celebrations during Easter, and the various seasonal Feast Days throughout the island itself.

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