Annual Events & Religious Fetes

Koufonissians, skilled fishermen, are also hospitable and open-hearted people who do not miss an opportunity for a feast.

Agios Georgios (St. George Day)

After mass on the Day of Agios Georgios (Saint George) - the islands’ patron saint - a specially designated local person who has taken vows in the saint, makes the round of the island holding the icon while the local boats (caiques) accompany him, sailing along the coast

Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas)

On Agios Nikolaos Day, December 6, sea food tidbits and raki spirit with honeyand herbs are offered after mass - an introduction to the wholesome feast thatfollows.

Easter

Easter is celebrated with special splendor in the local island tradition. The procession of the Epitaph takes place in the port area –illuminated with torches, while the announcement of the Resurrection 24 hours later is accompanied by a barrage of fireworks and firecrackers.

Prophitis Ilias

On Prophitis Ilias Day, July 20, those named after the prophet (Iliades) give treats to everyone and set up island dances to the tune of violins and lyres.

The Fisherman’s Feast

The Fisherman’s Feast  is held on the last Saturday of June, with excellent sea food tidbits and wine, while people dance in the streets and the square to the sound of live music.

Weddings

Weddings used to be a more colorful occasion in Koufonissi in the old days. The matchmakers would set to work and the engagement would follow. Thenpreparations for the wedding would start. ...