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Mykonos

Mykonians always find the time needed in order to maintain their traditions and customs. Festivals,like secular and religious ceremonies, have a long history rooted to local society.Small festivals of rural churches are getting greater numerically since in the past few years a big number of such churches has been built by families.

*One of the most important festivities in Mykonos is the procession of the Panagia icon from the famous Tourliani monastery on the first Saturday of “Sarakosti”. The icon remains in the church of Agia Kyriaki in Hora for 40 days and on the Saturday of Lazarus returns to Ano Mera. The ritual transport of the picture is always accompanied by a crowd of people.

*The period that begins from the Saturday of Lazarus up to Easter Sunday is  rich in ritual action which is related to  bay-leaves making  and  bay leaf procession in the narrow streets of Hora, where many children take place with their bay-leaves which are decorated with flowers from their own gardens.

*The traditional custom of “choirosfagia”, with the slaughter of the pig and the feast that accompanies it, takes place in October throughout the whole island. The usual days of performance of choirosfagia are the last days of October - first days of November up to the period of Christmas. The days with north wind are preferred so that the sausages dry faster. The ritual slaughter of the pig, custom that draws its origin from the roman times, constituted an important feast in the years that the local economy was supported mainly by rural production and this custom concerned mainly the rural families that could raise at least a pig, having of course not only the needed space but also the food for that. The basic reason of the slaughter was the creation of supplies of (meat and animal grease) for the winter that was to follow.

*Festivals of summer, such as that of Agia Kyriaki in Delos, present even today an interest for the religious aspect of the residents’ life of the island, an island with international tourism and cosmopolitan residents.