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LAPPEI (Municipality) RETHYMNO

  The shepherds celebrate the "Koura" in the end of the spring. In St. George feast day they take their sheep to the church to be blessed and they milk them, giving the milk to all those who are present. After the harvest time there is "kazanemata", which is a process to make the raki.
  All religious festivities are full of vigor and life with the day of Virgin Mary (8th September) in Miriokefala to stand as one of the most important, which is followed by a big pilgrimage. All these celebrations offer to the visitors perfect chances for feasts and fun.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Lappes tourist pamphlet.


Carnival

MELAMBES (Village) LAMBI

Carnival

Tel: +30 28320 29499, 22888

MERONAS (Village) SYVRITO

Carnival, third week of the carnival

Tel: +30 28330 22001

Carnivals

Carnival in Rethymno


Carnival in Rethymno

Pages of the Prefectural Tourism Committee


Customary

Cretan Wedding Revival, February-March


MELAMBES (Village) LAMBI

Christmas Celebrations


New Year's Celebration


The Treasure Hunt

The most popular organisation in respect of participation is the Treasure Hunt of Rethymno. It is the favourite game of the locals of all ages and takes place two weeks before Carnival. During this marathon game, which lasts for one day, your brain, your body and your nerves are tested. The grade of difficulty has reached an unbelievable level, which makes it almost impossible for somebody who is not initiated to take part. However, it is a great experience to watch a group in action. The Treasure Hunt helped the young people of Rethymno to achieve a profound knowledge of the town's history, to come close to its monuments and to trace every single detail of historical periods.
It is worth mentioning that the way the players accomplish a task in this game has become an invariable component. A similarly important event is the "Children's Treasure Hunt", which takes place a week earlier.
Finally, the Association of Hotel owners in co-operation with the Municipality of Rethymno organises a treasure hunt each summer in the framework of the "International Day of Tourism". Visitors to the town are invited to participate and the winners are awarded 'all included' holidays in Rethymno.

This text is cited Jan 2004 from the Tourism Promotion Committee of Rethymno Prefecture URL below, which contains images.


Easter

MELAMBES (Village) LAMBI

Easter Celebration

Tel: +30 28320 41547

SPILI (Small town) LAMBI

Third day after Easter


Feasts

ANO MEROS (Village) SYVRITO

The Transfiguration of the Christ

, , 6/8

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 14/8 - 15/8

ANOGIA (Settlement) RETHYMNON

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 15/8

APOSTOLI (Village) SYVRITO

Sts Apostles

, , 30/6

AXOS (Village) KOULOUKONA

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 15/8/2002

ELEFTHERNA (Village) ARKADI

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 15/8/2002

Rood Day

, , 14/9 - 15/9

Saint George


The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 14/8/2002 - 15/8/2002

Saint Andrew's

, , 30/11/2002

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 14/8/2002 - 15/8/2002

KALOGEROS (Village) SYVRITO

St. Cyrillos

, , 18/1

Birthday of the Virgin Mary

, , 8/9

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 15/8/2002

Saint Paraskevi

, , 26/7

Christ Day

, , 6/8

Holy Spirit day


MELAMBES (Village) LAMBI

St. Paraskevi

, , 26/7

NIKIFOROS FOKAS (Municipality) RETHYMNO

Saints Constantine & Helen

, , 21/5

Saint Panteleimon's

, , 27/7

RETHYMNO (Prefecture) CRETE

Religious holidays


St. John

, , 24/6/2002

Savior Christ

, , 6/8

Prophet Ilias

, , 20/7

Saint George's


SISARCHA (Settlement) RETHYMNO

St. Paraskevi

, , 26/7

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

, , 15/8

SPILI (Small town) LAMBI

Holy Spirit day

Tel: +30 28320 23023

Historical memories

LABINI (Village) LAMBI

Anniversary

, , 20/1

Seasonal products fairs

RETHYMNO (Prefecture) CRETE

Agricultural holidays

  Apart from the religious holidays, the farmers' and stockbreeders' festivities are of similar importance. Such festivities are related to the harvest of agricultural produce, the testing of the produce or stockbreeding procedures. Since the necessary and often hard work could only be accomplished if all the villagers joined together and helped each other, many of these events developed into celebrations. The host organises a feast with music and dancing in order to thank all those who helped accomplish the task. It was the necessity of agricultural tasks that helped the villagers to enhance their life, to develop long-lasting bonds of friendship, to have fun and to express their enthusiasm and devotion for nature and productivity. In a similar vein the grape harvest, which takes place in September, developed into a true festival with a lot of fun and singing, which is continued when the grapes are pressed to produce wine and raki. The event of raki distilling is also celebrated as the so-called festival of the "kazani" (cauldron). Furthermore the cultivation and harvest of various other produce always offers the opportunity to celebrate as for example during the cherry and walnut harvest and in earlier times during the olive harvest. Another impressive festivity takes place in the area of stockbreeding, when the sheep are sheared in springtime. The stockbreeders of the mountain villages invite their friends and relatives and after the shearing they all celebrate the event with plentiful food and wine, and music and dancing.


The Cretan Wine Festival

In the coolness of the Municipal Garden, the "Travelling Club" of Rethymno organises the Cretan Wine Festival each summer. A rich programme including traditional Cretan and Greek folklore music groups is offered, thus illustrating the Greek way of entertainment every evening to the large number of local and foreign visitors. Wine is abundantly consumed since it is free. The visitor will find choices of wine from the largest wine producing companies of Crete, and he is given the opportunity to try almost all the flavours and varieties of the famous Cretan wines.

This text is cited Jan 2004 from the Tourism Promotion Committee of Rethymno Prefecture URL below, which contains images.


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