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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