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Life in Donousa is serene and has a simplicity that charms and relaxes visitors. The local festivals provide a chance for entertainment but also acquaintance with island's traditions. In Stavros, on the 15th of August and the eve of the 14th of September (Rise of Timios  Stavros), large festivals are organised, where the "mbalos" dance and other traditional dances last until early morning hours. The basic dish served almost everywhere is the famous "patatato" (goat kid in red sauce with herbs and potatoes). In Mersini, on the 17th of September, (the day of celebration for Agia Sofia), after the church mass, everybody is gathered at the spring that sources under the plane tree near the church and a festival of unique beauty follows.