Greek Culture & History
With a rich history dating back to prehistoric times and fertile farming soil, it's no wonder the Greek local culture involves a lot of celebration. The villages in particular like to celebrate the patrons and saints of their local churches with traditional dances, music and even boiled goat.
With Greek Orthodox religion a major part of life and culture across the country, it comes as no surprise that religious festivals throughout the year take a big place in the calendar. Three areas that are main hubs for religious events are Kardamena, Kefalos and Antimachia, all of which are on the island of Kos; one of our most popular destinations. A big focus for these celebrations takes place around Easter and during the month of August.
The Easter-linked Shrovetide, for example, is traditionally celebrated with a marvellous masquerade procession while in late April Saint George is celebrated in Pyli, with horse races and a street style party with by lots of food and wine as locals love to really make a big day of it.
Saint John is celebrated in the same way on August 29th in Kardamena and Kefalos, while Antimachia and Kefalos celebrate the Assumption of Mary every year on August 15th. Both events involve plenty of wine and it is quite common to see plates of boiled goat being served for dinner.
During the summer months of July and September, Greece comes alive with the rich cultural festival programmes of Hippocrateia and Alassernia respectively. The programmes include painting, sculpture, photography, theatre, poetry and music - most of which comes from local talent. During this time, the Hippocratic Oath is also re-enacted each Sunday at the Asclepeion.