Local Customs

Fanarakia (Lanterns)

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                    • 30th January marks the "Fanarakia".

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Carnival

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                    • Carnival customs around Tinos island.

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Easter

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                    • Maybe the best period for visiting the island. The lush scenery and mild weather combined with the unique atmosphere of devotion as well as the vibrant traditions, create the ultimate Easter destination.

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Klidonas

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                    • The custom of Klidonas revived the feast of St. John the Fotaras (June 24) at Ysternia.

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Agia Pelagia

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          • The vision of Agia Pelagia, which was the pretext for the discovery of the Holy Icon of Virgin Mary (Panagia), is celebrated annually, on 23 July.

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August 15th

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                    • August 15th is associated with the island, even for those who have not ever visited it. Indeed, it is the day with the greatest symbolism and also the biggest celebration on the island.

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Rakizio

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                    • Raki is the traditional drink of Tinos and you will find it everywhere. In cafes, in shops, in any social event. It is a key element of the culinary identity of Tinos.

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Chirosfagia

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                    • This custom revives in November or December in the villages.

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Kavos

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                    • The custom of Kavos revives at Tripotamos, during Christmas time. It is known as the "Table of Brotherhood".
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    Fairs

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                      • The religious feeling of the inhabitants, the great number of churches and traditions justify the high frequency of festivals in Tinos. In practice, whenever you visit the island it is most likely that a parochial or private celebration is taking place.

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    Kantilia

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                      • It is not a coincidence that the lighting of kantilia (oil-lamps) is a favorite habit of the residents of the "island with a thousand churches."

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    Πανηγύρια - Ημερολόγιο

    Ιανουάριος

    07. Αγ. Ιωάννης: Μουντάδος / Χώρα 
    17. Αγ.Αντώνιος: Στενή
    25. Γρηγορίου του Θεολόγου: Φαλατάδος
    30. Της Ευρέσεως (Φαναράκια): Χώρα

    Φεβρουάριος

    2. Υπαπαντής: Κτικάδος
    3. Αγ.Συμεών: Κτικάδος
    10. Αγ. Χαράλαμπος:Ταραμπάδος / Αγ. Τριάδα / Χώρα / Βαθύ

    Μάρτιος

    • 1ο Σάββατο της Σαρακοστής: Αγ. Θεόδωροι - Στενό

    25. Ο Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου: Χώρα 

    Απρίλιος

    23. Αγ. Γεωργίου
    24. Παναγία Καλαμάν - Βωλάξ
    25. Αγ. Μάρκου (Χώρα)

    Πάσχα

    • Κυριακή του Πάσχα: Αρνάδος / Σκάλαδος / Τριάνταρος / Δύο Χωριά / Κούμαρος / Ξυνάρα / Μυρσίνη
    • Δευτέρα του Πάσχα: Κτικάδος / Καλλονή / Αγ. Ανάργυροι / Άγιος Ρωμανός / Πέραστρα / Πλατεία Καρδιανής / Υστέρνια στο σχολείο / Άγιος Πέτρος Ακέρατος (Στενή) / Σμαρδάκιτο (Πλατεία Αγ. Αντωνίου)
    • Τρίτη του Πάσχα: Άγιος Πέτρος (Καρδιανή) / Κόρης (Πύργος) / Αγ. Άννα / Παναγιά Σπηλιώτισσα (Λουτρά) / Λυχναφτιά / Φανερωμένη (Τσικνιάς) / Κιόνια / (Αγ. Φωτοδότης) / Κιούρα των Αγγέλων Ποταμιά
    • Τετάρτη του Πάσχα: Κέχρος / Λιβάδα (Παναγία) / Κολυμπήθρα (Αγ. Φυλακτός) / Αγ. Ιουλιανή (Αγάπη) / Φανερωμένη
    • Πέμπτη του Πάσχα: Βωλάξ / Σπηλιώτισσα (Κώμη)
    • Παρασκευή του Πάσχα: Ζωοδόχου Πηγής - Ξώμπουργο / Δυο Χωριά / Γαστριά
    • Ζωοδόχου Πηγής: Δύο Χωριά (Κάθεδρα) / Αγ. Γεώργιος (Τσικνιάς) / Υστέρνια / Βάθυ (Παναγιά Φανερωμένη) / Ζωοδ. Πηγή (Εξώμβουργο) / Αγ. Ελεούσα (Ζωοδ. Πηγή), Θεοσκεπαστή (Φαλατάδος) / Γαστριώτισσα 
    • Κυριακή του Θωμά - Αγ. Βαρβάρα (Σμόβολο) / Σκλαβοχωριό / Παναγία του Βρυσίου / Υστέρνια (Λάκωτες) / Κακιά Σκάλα / Ενορίες Μέσης (Φαλατάδος)

    Μάϊος

    • 2η Κυριακή Μαίου: Μυρσίνη

    01. Πρωτομαγιά: Παναγιά στο Βρυσί / Σκλαβοχωριό
    16. Aγ.Θεοδώρων: Στο στενό της Άνδρου
    21. Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης: Αγ.Τριάδα / Στενή

    Ιούνιος

    • Της Αναλήψεως: Αρνάδος
    • Αγ.Πνεύματος: Αγ.Τριάδα / Καρδιανή / Φαλατάδος / Χατζηράδος

    12. Αγίας Τρίαδας: Κάμπος / Καρδιανή / Αγία Τριάδα / Φαλατάδο / Χατζηράδο
    13. Αγ.Αντώνιος: Σμαρδάκιτο / Ξώμπουργο
    29. Πέτρου και Παύλου: Τριαντάρος
    30. Αγ. Αποστόλων: Τριαντάρος

    Ιούλιος

    01. Αγ. Αναργύρων:  Αρνάδος / Μαρλάς / Πόρτο
    17. Αγ. Μαρίνας: Πύργος
    20. Προφήτη Ηλία: Τσικνιάς / Βακέτα
    23. Αγ. Πελαγίας:  Κεχροβούνι / Χώρα της Τήνου
    25. Αγ.Άννας: Τζάδος / Στενή
    26. Αγ. Παρασκευής: Υστέρνια / Καραμπούσα

    Αύγουστος

    06. Μεταμορφώσεως:  Πριάστρο / Καρυά
    15. Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου: Χώρα της Τήνου / Βρυσί
    18. Αγ. Αγαπητού: Αγάπη
    23. Εννιάμερα της Παναγίας: Κυρά Ξένη (Πύργος) / Τσικνιάς
    29. Αγ. Ιωάννου Αποκεφαλιστή: Κώμη

    Σεπτέμβριος

    01. Παναγίας Καταπολιανής: Υστέρνια
    06. Αγ. Σώστης: Αγ.Σώστης
    08. Γενέθλιο της Παναγίας: Βουρνιώτισσα
    08. Παναγίας Κιουράς: Καρδιανή
    12. Παναγίας Καθολικών: Κώμη
    14. Τιμίου Σταυρού: Κτικάδος
    15. Τιμίου Σταυρού: Χώρα
    24. Πανηγύρι στη Βουρνιώτισσα
    24. Αγίας Θέκλας: Όρμος Υστερνίων / Πύργος

    Οκτώβριος

    26. Αγ. Δημητρίου: Καρυά / Τσικνιάς / Πύργος

    Νοέμβριος

    08. Ταξιαρχών:  Χώρα / Πύργος / Μέση / Στενή
    11. Αγ. Μηνά: Καρδιανή / Ξώμπουργο / Πύργος
    21. Εισόδια Θεοτόκου: Τριπόταμος
    25. Αγ. Αικατερίνης: Κάμπος

    Δεκέμβριος

    04. Αγ. Βαρβάρα: Σμόβωλο
    05. Αγ. Σάββα: Χώρα
    05. Αγ. Ζαχαρία: Κώμη
    06. Αγ. Νικόλαος: Στενή / Χώρα 
    09. Αγ. Άννας: Στενή
    12. Αγ. Σπυρίδωνα: Κτικάδος / Χώρα 
    13. Αγ. Λουκίας: Καρυά /Αρνάδος
    15. Αγ. Ελευθερίου: Χώρα / Καρυά
    25. Χριστούγεννα: Τριπόταμος (Κάβος)

    First Sunday after Easter: Rotharia

    • Rotharia (or Lakotes) is the feast of Our Lady of Lakkotianis, at Ysternia.
    • After the end of the church service, the pilgrims eat together in a common, rich table.
    • It's time to fork(catch using their forks) and share with their loved ones, the Rotharia (small bouquets of flowers accompanied by a greetings card depicting Resurrection). In older times, the Rotharia was a tactful way for young people to express their love.
    • A feast with traditional instruments follows.
    • This custom resembles that of Love, but it seems to bring elements from the Flower Festival, three-day celebration of flowers in honor of Dionysus, in ancient Athens.

     

    Easter Monday: The custom of Love

    • The custom of Love revives in Ktikados and aims to reconcile and settle together all residents of the village.
    • After the Divine Liturgy, the procession of the icon of Resurrection through the village takes place.
    • At noon, the bell calls the villagers to come to the church of (Ypapanti).
    • In a large room by the church, there is a large marble table that can accommodate three hundred people, around which the villagers sit. Indeed, those who had disagreements or tensions within the year should reconcile and sit next to each other.
    • The meal includes soup and roast beef, and a variety of appetizers, for which village women have taken care of. Here, those dining together ask for forgiveness from each other and then, a memorial, a nominal reference in memory of the deceased and Easter hymns follow.

    Holy Saturday: Resurrection

    • The morning of Holy Saturday marks the first Resurrection. When 'Christos Anesti’, -the most important and joyful message of Christianity about the defeat of Death- is announced by the priest, lemon leaves are strewn across the church and everyone is trying to catch one in the air and keep it for good luck and blessing.
    • In the evening, just before the service of Resurrection is held, white and red candles are distributed among the parishioners.
    • When the psalm of "Christos Anesti" is heard, being excitedly sung by the priest, bells begin ringing and fireworks tear up the sky turning night into day. Each parish is rivaling the other in one thing: which one will produce the biggest sound.
    • Then, fireworks called "trombones" take the lead. Previously the "pots" containing gunpowder and being buried in the soil, created a deafening noise. That was why they charged someone already deaf to illuminate them.
    • At the same time, children were making themselves the "triangles" with some wick and a little gunpowder, which were used instead of the modern dynamite.
    • All chapels will solemnly hold the service of Resurrection after Easter.

     

    Good Friday: Epitaph

     
    • On the morning of Good Friday, single women of every parish adorn the epitaph in the church. After the removal of Christ from the Cross, at noon, parishioners go through all the churches of Chora and villages, to worship Christ and pass under the epitaph.
    • In the evening, the procession of the Epitaph takes place. The Epitaph of each parish goes through the streets of every neighborhood. The owners of the houses as the Epitaph passes by, cense, holding lighted candles and sprinkle it with flowers.
    • In Chora, all the epitaphs are gathered on the marble platform at the quay, where they sing the psalms of Good Friday.
    • Then, the epitaph of St. Nicholas is directed towards the beach of Kalamia (or Spitalia). On the islet Chandra, located across the beach, large bright crosses have been placed. The epitaph, followed by the priest and the cherubim, get into water and a Prayer for seamen follows. The reason for introducing this custom in the area was the drowning of a young man at this beach, on Good Friday, in the mid 80s. The epitaph of St. Nicholas then, continues its route to the cemetery, where the congregation participate in a memorial service.

     

     

    Holy Tuesday: Cheese Pies

    • On Holy Tuesday, housewives prepare the Easter sweet of Tinos- cheese pies.
    • The pies are made from a local kind of unsalted cheese, eggs, sugar and orange or vanilla.
    • The filling is rolled into a sheet, which is given the "tsimpito" festive shape by using a toothpick.
    • Housewives used to go from house to house and help the hostess with the preparation, since making this special sweet was a fairly complicated and time- consuming process.

     

     

    Palm Sunday: Vaya

    • On Palm Sunday, children used to weave a wreath adorned with daisies.
    • Then they would march in the streets, holding the wreath and "arginares" (Wooden Planes) trying to make with them the greatest fuss possible in order to exorcise evil. Reaching the sea, they threw the wreath in the water. Since on this Sunday of Lent only fish is allowed, they sang:
      "Vaya, Vaya of palm
      eat fish and mackerel,
      and welcome next Sunday (Easter)
      bringing the red egg! "
    • During the church service, palm leaves are hanging from the chandeliers of the church and people attending are trying to catch them, carry them home and place them on the icons, every house has, as they believe they will make them live in peace throughout the year.
     

    Easter

    Palm Sunday: Vaya

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                      • On Palm Sunday, children used to weave a wreath adorned with daisies.
                      • Then they would march in the streets, holding the wreath and "arginares" (Wooden Planes) trying to make with them the greatest fuss possible in order to exorcise evil.

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    Holy Tuesday: Cheese Pies

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                      • On Holy Tuesday, housewives prepare the Easter sweet of Tinos- cheese pies.
                      • The pies are made from a local kind of unsalted cheese, eggs, sugar and orange or vanilla.

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    Good Friday: Epitaph

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                      • On the morning of Good Friday, single women of every parish adorn the epitaph in the church. After the removal of Christ from the Cross, at noon, parishioners go through all the churches of Chora and villages, to worship Christ and pass under the epitaph.

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    Holy Saturday: Resurrection

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                      • The morning of Holy Saturday marks the first Resurrection. When 'Christos Anesti’, -the most important and joyful message of Christianity about the defeat of Death- is announced by the priest, lemon leaves are strewn across the church and everyone is trying to catch one in the air and keep it for good luck and blessing.

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    Easter Monday: The custom of Love

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                      • The custom of Love revives in Ktikados and aims to reconcile and settle together all residents of the village.

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    First Sunday after Easter: Rotharia

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                      • Rotharia (or Lakotes) is the feast of Our Lady of Lakkotianis, at Ysternia.
                      • After the end of the church service, the pilgrims eat together in a common, rich table.

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