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Sifnos

Sifnos remains faithful to its traditions and maintains customs as: the "panigyras", local carols, traditional wedding the "lolopanigyri", the dance of kyr. Vorias, the carnival dances with "kamilosies", (masquerading), carnival, "pasto" etc.

At any period of the year that you visit Sifnos you will have the occasion to live the experience of an authentic island feast in a festival of one of the many chapels and monasteries of the island. There you will try tasty foods in a common dinner, which reminds the ancient "estiasi" and the early Christian "agapes" and includes the traditional chickpea soup and meat or cod with potatoes, you will drink the local wine "serifiotiko" and you will let yourself drift into the dance by the island's music and the sounds of the violin and lute.

Centre of festive circle of the island is the festival of Panagia of Hrysopigi, that takes place 40 days after Easter day before the Analipsis. (It is the greatest festival, where the whole island takes place, locals and foreigners).

The festive circle of Sifnos includes also other particular customs: Sifnian carols (made on the spot verses that comment on persons and situations), "Lolopanigyro" on the 2nd of February of (Ypapantis) in Panagia Ouranofora and the dance of kyr-Vorias on the Sunday of Tyrinis.

In Sifnos exists the custom of "panigyrades" (locals who undertake entirely the organisation of the festival).

Festivals that coincide with the tourist period and take place at the eve of the feast are:

DATE


FESTIVAL


REGION

Analipsis (40 days from Easter)


Panagia Hrysopigi


Hrysopigi

May 4 (eve of)


Agia Irini


Choni - Hersonisos

July 12 (eve of)


Sylbestrou and Gavriil


Mines of Agios Sylivestros

July 12 (eve of)


Taxiarchis of Vathi


Vathi

July 17 (morning)


Agia Marina


Flampouro (behind Prof. Ilias Psilos)

July 19 (eve of)


Profitis Ilias Thesvitou


Top of mountain Profitis Ilias 691 m.

July 19 (eve of)


Profitis Ilias Troullakiou


Top of mountain 463 m.

July 19 (eve of)


Profitis Ilias Kontou


Above Platys Gialos Altitude 381 m.

July 25 (morning)


Koimisi of Agios Anna Vigla- Vathi


Elevation before Vathi

July 26 (eve of)


Agios Panteleimonas Cheronnisou


Church of Agios Polycarpos Hersonisos (beach)

July 26 (eve of)


Agios Panteleimonas Cheronnisou


Church of Agios Charalampos (towards Hersonisos)

August 6 (eve of)


Metamorphosis of Sotiros


In the church Sotiras in Finikidi

August 16 (morning)


Panagia Koimisis-Lagkadakia


Lagkadakia (hill before Kamares)

August 16 (morning)


Panagia Anemordili


Anemordili

August 19 (morning)


Andrea Stratilati


Foot of Agios Andreas

August 28 (midday)


Ioannis Prodromos


Agios Yannis Mavro Horio

August 28 (midday)


Agios Yannis Siderou


Siderou

August 28 (afternoon)


Agios Yannis Chonis


Choni (of Hersonisos)

August 28 (afternoon)


Agios Yannis in Maggana


Maggana

August 31 (morning)


Katathesi Timias Zonis Theotokou


Panagia  of Kargiavli

August 31 (eve of)


Agios Simeon Stylite


Top of mountain 476 m.

August 31 (eve of)


Pantokratora


Pantokratoras (crossroad of Platys Gialos - Hrysopigi)

September 5 (eve of)


Taxiarchis Vathi


Vathi

September 6 (eve of)


Agios Sostis


Agios Sostis Mines

September 7 (eve of)


Panagia Vrysiani


Monastery Vrisis

September 13 (eve of)


Rise of Timios Stavros


Fasolou of Faros

September 13


Stavros Chonis


Choni of Hersonisos

September 15


Agios Nikitas Megalomartyras


Top of Mountain Agios Nikitas t' Antri


Easter in Sifnos

On Easter, that coincides with spring, Sifnos is at the peek of its natural beaty. Nature is filled with flowers, innumerable colours and perfumes from bloomed wild flowers. The houses and the cobbled streets in all villages are whitewashed. The brightwhite villages shine embraced from the green hills. The religious preparations attract a massive attendance of faithfulls tothe churches. The religious emotion climaxes with the procession of the Epitaph in the narrow streets.

The joy of Resurrection and the resurrection greeting that lasts for forty days then follows. Housewives prepare traditional "poulia", breads in various forms of animals and birds, embellished with red eggs. The lamb here is cooked in "mastelo", placed on the grill from vine branches, with local red wine and dill.The homemade xinomyzithra cheese, and the tasty "melopita" pie, a local pastry from honey, mizithra and eggs.
are not absent from the festive table.
All the above, along with the warm hospitality that distinguishes residents of the island, create the conditions for an unforgettable Easter in Sifnos. Easter customs that unfortunately have faded away are the "kounistria" and common game "tsounia", a type of "bowling", which was played up to recently by the young people.

Sifnian Wedding

A really traditional wedding with an enormous ritual part, before and after the ceremony where the best man and the best woman both play leading roles apart from the bride and groom. Main traditional characteristics of the wedding are the two takimia (pairs) of musical organs, which play for two days and nights, nougat with honey that is offered in rhomboid pieces, the dance of the bride-that is obligatorily danced by all and hundreds of self made poetic wishes that last all day and night.

Nominal feasts

They constitute a social and cultural event where half of the island visits the other half for wishes and where most of the times a long feast with traditional instruments, dances and songs, develops without planning.

Carnival

The carnivals have particular colours. It is when the entire island has fun until Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) and consumes tons of wine. In all their duration, maskarades (masked people) hung around streets that in the local dialect are called, "Kamiles", with inspiration and humour. The burning of Judas and the kyr-Vorias, last Sunday of Carnival constitute particular habits of Sifnos with ancient roots that were not erased by time and progress.

The Sunday Chickpea soup

It constitutes tradition for the Sifnian family. Each Saturday, skepastaria will be prepared, an earthen container with chickpeas in the local oven (usually bakery) that will be cooked up to Sunday morning.