One of the most attractive cultural elements of the island is the wealth of events and traditional celebrations. The most noteworthy of those are St. George’s Day (Ayios Yeoryios), patron saint of the island, Fisherman’s Day, marriage celebrations and others.
These celebrations are noted for their liveliness and exuberance and are very enjoyable both for the locals and the visitors.
On St.George’s Day, the “host”, an islander dedicated to serving the saint, goes round the island carrying the saint’s picture. The inhabitants sprinkle rose petals along the way, while the fleet accompanies him from the sea as far as the harbour. After the water and the boats have been blessed the procession ends up in the village where the “host” serves a traditional meal to everyone, locals and visitors alike.
On the last Saturday of June is Fisherman’s Day. Musicians play traditional instruments and there is singing and dancing on the port where the island’s fishermen treat everyone to delicious fish and seafood delicacies.
Everyone on the island is invited to the wedding celebrations to share in the newlyweds’ happiness.
On the Virgin’s day, August 15, islanders and visitors go to Kato Koufonissi in the fishing boats to attend the service in the little church of the Virgin and then enjoy an al fresco lunch offered by the locals.