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Greek Orthodox Easter, it is the highest celebration of the Greek Orthodox church. Every day of the Holy week a different ceremony takes place: Holy Thursday - the dyeing of the Red Eggs and the decoration of the “Epitafios” (Bier of Christ). Good Friday – the Epitach procession in held in every town and village. Holy Saturday – The resurrection of the Christ and the late night “mageiritsa” dinner. Easter Sunday – Full day of celebrations with traditional lamp BBQ and dancing. Easter Monday – The name day of St. George big celebrations and festivals in most of the Cretan villages.

May - June

1st of May, the commemoration of the blossoming Spring. Collection of flowers and making of May wreath to decorate all front doors.

Sarchos Village: The festival of the cherry during May.

24th June The festival of Agios Ioannis Klidonas, celebrating the longest daylight of the year with fires and dances till late in the evening at Mochos, Ano Assites and most of the Cretan Villages.


July-September : Cultural Summer in Heraklion « Kalokairi 2011». Heraklion is a lively town with a series of cultural events under the name of "Irakio - Kalokairi" (Heraklion - Summer) that take place at the open air theatre "Oasis", surrounded by gardens and beneath the beautiful star-filled summer sky.

First two weeks of July the annual Wine Festival with local wine, Cretan diet tastes, Cretan music and dances takes place at the historical village Dafnes with the beautiful ancient churches. In parallel, guests may marvel the work of local artistes: exhibition of traditional tools and wine.

Shepherd Cheese Festival at Zoniana. See and taste the biggest cheese of the world, local recipes and live music by Stelios Mpikakis.

26th July , St. Paraskevi festival of Pendamodi Village.


6th August festival of the “Metamorphosis of Christ”at Archanes and Youchtas village.

15th August, the third most important day of the year celebrating Panagia (Virgin Mary). Great festivals in most of the villages.

Last week of August at Houdetsi village, the Musical Workshop Labyrinth with traditional music and instruments.

27th August, festival of St. Fanourios at the Monastery of Varsamonero (Zaros Village at Voriza).


Traditional Grape Harvesting “Trigos” followed by the traditional pressing by girls dancing over them still takes place in several villages.

8th September, Birth of the Virgin Mary, festival at the Monastery of Panagia Kera (may be combined with excursion to the village of Krasi and the plateau of Lassithi).


Third week of November: festival of the opening of the new wine barrels.

Matala festival

Matala music festival offers unique moments to the visitors. It is a journey through time with a lot of music and other events, which will be held next to the caves of Matala, on the seashore, where dancing and fun will have a leading role.
Matala is well known for its man-made caves carved out of the rock thousands of years ago in the steep cliffs that rise above the north side of the bay. Hippies from all over the world used to come to Matala during the 60’s and 70’s for its laid-back lifestyle.
“This celebration of love, freedom, carefree, song, dance, will last three days and provide magical moments that will remain unforgettable to all,” according to the announcement of the organizers who promise “a wonderful weekend musical journey in the years of hippies.”
The festival features Filippos Pliatsikas, Koza Mostra, Billi Merziotis & After Hours, Soul Fire, Alone Together, Tonis Sfinos, Onirama, Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles, Kulamacus The Band, Crossroads the band, Maraveyas Ilegal, Dub Pistols, Moka Band, Shade & the Soul Gig and Pulse.
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