Shipbuilding Customs in Skiathos

Skiathos Shipbuilding Customs

According to the local custom, when all shipbuilding jobs have ended, and the new ship is ready to sail, the priest arrives to read a psalm. When psalm ends, the priest carves 3 crosses, he hits the ship and pray at Saint Nikolas - protector of sailors - to help this ship. After that, captain and chief shipbuilder wishes too and then all people together pull the ship with ropes to the water. Once the ship is in the sea, the crowd grabs the Captain and throws him to the sea for good luck. Captain's wife offers sweets and ouzo and everybody have to say wishes "kaloriziko" and "kalotaksido".