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Conclusion of Skiathos Municipal Elections 2014

It has been more than a week since the end of Municipal Elections and it's now the time to take a look at the results and draw our conclusions .

Firstly, It was a really interesting procedure. For the first time in Skiathos history, we saw so many political parties wit countless candidates. Nearly every neighborhood had (at least) one candidate.

We also saw young people that never involved in politics, yet now they took part and was ready to give their best efforts to improve the political landscape of Skiathos and save it future.

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Skiathos Municipal Election Results 2014

Skiathos has voted for a New Mayor and has elected Dimitris Prevezanos with political party "Skiathos Orama Zois" (in translation "Skiathos, a Life's Vision"). Mr Prevezanos will start his new duties September 2014.

DestinationSkiathos.com team wishes him and his team good luck and political strength to this new task.

In more details, the first elections round took place on Sunday May 18:

Registered : 5,114
Votes : 3,675

Participation: 71.86 %
Absense : 28.14 %

Valid : 3,580
Blank : 22
False : 73

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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.

Skiathos Traditional Outfit

Skiathos Traditional Outfit, Skiathos Tradition Uniform

In older times, the traditional uniform accompanies the residents of the island in every aspect of daily life, joy or sadness, and has ceased to be worn since several decades.

The men wore breeches and long fez with a long tassel. The outfit was similar to the clothing of Hydra. However, a few years after the Revolution of 1821 men began to replace the traditional uniform with trousers and jackets.

Patron of Skiathos

Skiathos Patron, Skiathos Matron, Skiathos Protector

On November 20 we have the procession of the image of the Virgin Mary from Tris Ierarches Church to the Kounistra Monastery. Throughout the journey there are shots , thus giving value ​​in the image as it passes from the Acropolis (bus 4). The operation continues throughout the night and early morning the image returns to the church in the city. On November 21 the monastery Kounistra celebrates the revelation of the Virgin Mary.

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".

Cinema, the only optimistic solution for Skiathos and Sporades Islands

Mamma Mia and Tourism in Skiathos Statistics

It was early July 2008 when I was at the reception of a popular Skiathos hotel and a tourist came to me asking for information about Skiathos. After talking to her about beautiful beaches and nightlife spots, she asked me "where are the Mamma Mia filming locations?". It was just a few days after the famous musical had it debut and people were excited about it. At the same time, a few kilometers away, in Skiathos Town, someone - somewhere, had a similar question.

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