beginning after the Vesper on the eve or on the day of the honored saint’s feast day. You are invited to taste traditional plates, such as boiled meat, onion pies, lard with cabbage, bouillon with lemon, kopanisti and louza, homemade mykonian bread and plenty of wine, accompanied by the musicians who play the traditional “tsambouna” (bagpipe) and the “toumbaki” (small drum), but also violins, accordions and other instruments. We highly recommend the following:
– The midsummer (shortest night of the year) coincides with the orthodox St John’s Klidonas celebration, on June 23, when large bonfires are lit. Join the locals who burn the wreaths they made on Mayday and jump over the fire three times for good luck!
– The feast of St. Panteleimon on July 27 in Marathi, is performed in the medieval monastery of the area, as aforementioned.
– On September 14, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated with a feast both in the chapel of the Cross at the airport and at the Mykonos Folklore Museum.
– Join the pressing of the grapes barefoot at the feast of the Harvest, dedicated to Dionysus and become part of the ancient bacchic customs, drinking and dancing, on the second Sunday of September at Boni’s Windmill.
– Chirosfagia (actually meaning the slaughter of the pig), mainly a family celebration, takes place throughout Mykonos in various small and big festivals, especially in rural areas, during October.
– August 15, the day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, is a very important date for Christianity. The main festival takes place at Ano Mera, in front of the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
– The feast of Fishermen is celebrated on 30 June, the day of Agioi Apostoloi, at the Yialos (beach of Chora), where seafood is offered.
– A very special feast is the one held at Delos on July 7th, celebrating Agia Kiriaki. It is the only day visitors are allowed to stay on the island of Delos during the afternoon, let alone the night, and have the unique chance to enjoy the sunset view from the best preserved ancient town in Greece.
– On June 11th there is a feast at the church of Panagia on the small Tragonissi island. Boats depart from Kalafatis beach and after half an hour they arrive at Tragonissi, where the adventure begins! One must be determined and athletic, as it involves climbing and walking through a steep and rough path for half an hour to arrive at the tiny white church. After the ceremony, the feast is held into a cavern-like cavity, where every guest contributes bringing some snacks. And an important detail to bear in mind: only men can participate!
Very popular are the events and exhibitions organized at the Municipal Art Gallery, and by the Public Enterprise of Cultural Projection and Growth of Mykonos who coordinates the “cultural summer”.
Last, but not least, Mykonos hosts the annual gay festival, which has become a tradition, with thousands of participants from all over the world.