Annual Festivals and Bank Holidays
January 1 Feast of Agios Vasílios (St Basil): celebrated all
over Greece. Greek for Happy New Year is kali kroniá.
January 6 Epiphany - Blessing of the waters: all over Greece.
February-March Carnival season for three weeks before Lent:
all over Greece. Celebrations of special interest are: "Clean"
Monday Beginning of fast for Lent. Picnics in the countryside
and kite flying, all over Greece.
March 25 Evagelismos : Feast of Annunciation/ Independence
Day. Anniversary of Bishop Germanos of Patra raising the standard of
revolt against the Turks near Kalavryta in 1821: military parades in
all main towns.
Easter Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday are
celebrated throughout the Greece.
April 23 St George’s Day
May 1 Labour Day: picnics in the countryside all over Greece.
May 21 The local church of Tolo celebrates its name-day and leading
up to the church there is a panayiri (festival/fete) along with live
music and spit roasted meat throughout the evening
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin: festivals all over
October 28 "Ohi (No) Day" - anniversary of Greek defeat of
Italian army in 1940 and Metaxas' supposed one-word response to
Italy's ultimatum. Military parades in major cities.
Christmas season Children sing kálenda (carols) from
door to door for a small gratuity.
December 31 New Year's Eve. More carols. Many Greeks play
cards for money on this occasion, and cut the vassilópitta
with a lucky coin hidden in