Festivals - traditions & rituals

Thassos with countless chapels and historic churches, the celebration of each one of them is the starting point for pilgrimage and folk festival, which includes the whole island. Island’s famous festivals are of the female monastery of the Archangel Gabriel which is dedicated to the island's patron Archangel and church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

In January, the feast of St. Athanasius, residents visiting the Castle, the oldest city on top of Ypsario, at 800 meters altitude, to commemorate the grace of the saint, to celebrate, to dance and sing.

 

Traditions

 

Another custom is the grating of pepper which is celebrated during the carnival as follows: the leader sings once and others who dance repeat the song making similar moves. If some of them break the rules are punished by the leader to hit.

 

Another well-known custom made in Limenaria is "Rain my April". On the second day of Easter, the locals gather and ask God to rain, not to dry out the vines and have good production, consuming local food and plenty of Thassian wine.

Finally, every summer the representation of traditional Thassian marriage in  Theologos, involving everyone, residents and visitors.

 

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