Customs

Folklore Skiathos Dances

Skiathos' most popular songs have a narrative character, which gives more emphasis to the verse rather the dance part. These narrative songs are generally large and it is difficult to be danced. In the old days, singing was a companion to people during a hiking or other long work. The origin of these songs, dates back to the Middle Ages.The most prominent of these songs is the "Kamara song" with the dance also known as Kamara.

Dekapentafgoustos in Skiathos

Skiathos Dekapentavgoustos

The procession of the Epitaph of the Virgin Mary called "Easter of Summer" and is a custom found in few places in Greece. The morning of August 14, women decorate the bier with flowers and the ceremony begins the evening of that day in the Evaggelistrias Monastery. During the procession of the sacred Epitaph and all the way to return to the monastery, the faithful follow and chant along with the priest.

Eothino and Lampadiforia in Skiathos

Skiathos Eothino Lampadiforia

In recent years local customs "Eothino" and "Lampadiforia" revived due to the common efforts of the Municipality of Skiathos, the local department of Soma Hellinikou Odigismou and the Cultural Center of Skiathos churches. Eothino was a celebrating awakening of the island the day of March 25 at 5 o'clock in the morning with the participation of students in sixth grade of elementary school. The students were chanting marches and church hymns in honor of the genus release. Lampadiforia took place the evening at 8 o'clock, at the same day.

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.

Easter in Skiathos, the Epitaph Ceremony and Arate Pylas

In Skiahtos, the ceremony of the Epitaph starts at Holy Saturday 01:00 a.m. - not at Holy Friday 10:00 p.m. as in most regions of Greece. The ceremony lasts for three hours and then, at 04:00 a.m., the procession of the epitaph in Skiathos town streets begins. The priest walks before the people, reciting religious chants and the people behind him repeats the psalms. The procession takes about one hour and at 5:00 a.m. and the epitaph returns to the church where another ceremony takes place. The ceremony of "Arate Pylas".