ANDROS LOCAL EVENTS
The Greeting, is one of the biggest customs of island. Each year becomes the celebration of the Saint that is honoured in the church of each village; afterwards the end of operation is shaped companies that go from house to house for the “Greeting”. There exists set the table with various foods and the landlords treats gently koyrampiedes, kalisoynia or marzipans and pastitsakia, as well as raki.
Choirosfagia they are a type of feast where gathered itself relatives for the essential work with final aim the preparation of pork meat and his storage, so that he is consumed at the duration of winter. In the duration of preparation they eat Sisira (pieces of pork meat with grease) accompanied with wine or raki, as well as other foods with pork meat.
The Antriotikos marriage becomes with traditional way in the island. Before the operation of mystery the families of groom and bride gather itself in the house and treat traditional sweets, sugarpla, pantespani and soymada. The groom, rides a horse and followed from his relatives with escort from violins and lutes goes to receive the bride The parents of bride, give him as gift a lamb embellished with flowers and red ribbon for lucky charm. Then all together, with the escort of music, begin always for the church. Afterwards the end of ceremony, it follows [glenti in the house of groom or bride.
The carols the New Year's day, in the Municipal Apartment Katakoilo are chanting with “tsamoynta”(flute), the New Year cake is cut and afterwards the operation follow dance.
Easter is a very important feast for Andros. On Big Friday it becomes circumambulation of the Epitaphs that the women of island have embellished. The evening of Resurrection the island is submerged by crackers and fireworks said “smpara”. In Andros his Sunday Easter they cook the “Lampriati”. It is lamb or kid filled with eggs, cheese and various spices that are cooked in traditional oven with timbers, and are accompanied by potatoes. Afterwards the food the square of Municipal Apartment of Palaiopolis fills with people in order to begin the Tsoynia. A game like bowling that is played the afternoon of the Sunday Easter. The evenings in the island’s taverns are organised [glentia???] and dances.
In Chora, each year, the Kydonios Foundation organises ploes, annual music and art festivals.
Gavriotika cultural festivan is held in Gayrio the first fortnight of August. The celebration opens with five days of sports events chess tournament, egg relay, sack race—followed by exhibition of paintings by local amateur artists. On the closing day visitors are treated to fish stew (kakavia) and wine.
The Carnival festival, takes place thelast Saturday of the pre-Lenten carnival, featuring a costume and float parade, fireworks, and dance.
In August a traditional celebration (glenti), is held in the village square of Ano Ayios Petros, with violins, traditional food, raki and wine. On October 2 at Kypri the feast of Ayios Kyprianos takes place.
Various events are organized along the Gavrio waterfront on December 6 in observance of the feast day of Ayios Nikolaos, the town’s patron. The centrepiece is a parade by torch-wielding schoolchildren accompanied by the Philharmonic marching band.
Annual cultural event organized in August to highlight folk traditions; it features music and free wine, and is held at the Kallivari elementary school.
Folk dance groups from throughout Greece participate in a dance exhibition in Batsi’s main square every September.
In Andros are organized many festivals with religious character. In Makrotantalo a festival takes place in the small church of Ayios Sozon on the 7th of September in observance of the saint’s feast day. Services are followed by food served in the courtyard.
On the 29th of August the festival of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos is observed a folk festival featuring food and wine.
The feast of the Dormition of the Virgin takes place in Ammolohos on August 15. After morning church service, blessings are offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered; in the evening, traditional music, dancing and food, tsipouro, tripe soup (patsas), and foods (meze) are offered at an open feast in the elementary school courtyard.
The feast of Ayia Sofia on September 17 is observed in Ano Gavrio, with church services, followed by blessings offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered; in the evening, there’s dancing and food, tsipouro, local wine, and sugar-dusted almond cookies (kourambiedes), offered in locals’ front yards.
Many religious and folk festivals(Paniyiri) are held in Andros; In Palaiopolis on July 17 in observance of the feast of Ayia Marina. After morning church service, blessings are offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered; in the evening, a dance featuring traditional music is held.
In Asprovatoson August 23 in observance of the feast ninth day memorial of the Dormition of the Virgin; After morning church services, blessings are offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered; in the evening, a dance featuring traditional music is held.
In Katakoilo on July 27 in observance of the feast of Ayios Pandeleimon; After morning church services, blessings are offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered; in the evening, there’s dancing and drinking. In Pano Katakoilo on August 28 in observance of the feast of Ayios Ioannis Nisteftis; Evening prayer service is followed by the breaking of bread, then dancing with live traditional music.
On August 15 in observance of the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin and on September 26 in observance of the feast of Ayios Ioannis Theologos; church services followed by blessings offered at homes where refreshments are offered, then dances with live traditional music at local taverns.
In Fellos on March 25 in observance of Evangelismos, the Assumption of the Virgin. After services, blessings are offered at homes where sweets and refreshments are offered.