Rhodes Festivals and Events

Rhodes festivals and events include those celebrated throughout Greece like Easter and Greek Independence Day, and others that are unique to the island.

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Rhodes Festivals and Events

January

January 6 – Epiphany

A service is held in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Rhodes Town. There’s also the blessing of the sea water at Mandraki Harbour, when a priest throws a crucifix into the water and youngsters dive in for the honour of retrieving it.

February/March

Pre-Lenten Carnival

During the weeks before the beginning of Lent, various carnivals are staged on Rhodes. On the Sunday before Lent there are carnival processions and fancy dress in Rhodes Old Town, and also in Archangelos, Appolona, Afantou, Ialyssos, and Kameiros Skala.

The following day is called Kathari Deftera, meaning Clean Monday, and is when families and friends head for the countryside and beaches to picnic and to fly kites.

March 7 - Dodecanese Reunification Day

People all over the Dodecanese celebrate the reunification with Greece in 1947. There’s a parade in Rhodes Town and also theatre performances.

March 25 – Greek Independence Day

Widely celebrated throughout the whole country, of course, and it’s a good day to be in Rhodes Town.

Easter (dates variable)

This is the most important festival of the Greek Orthodox Church. Expect explosive firecrackers over Easter weekend. Symi has its own very characteristic celebrations, which you can read about on our page, Easter on Symi. Note that Greek Easter only occasionally coincides with western Easter dates.

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Easter is the major festival of the religious year. On Good Friday evening the church ceremonies begin in town and village, both inside the churches and outside as solemn processions move through the streets.

On Holy Saturday night the most powerful ceremony takes place and culminates with great bursts of fireworks in the streets as Christ is declared ‘risen’. People flow from the churches bearing lit candles which they try to keep alight until they reach home.

There are early breakfast feasts on Sunday morning and then general feasting throughout the day. Churches are always packed but people gather outside as well. Remember to dress appropriately if you attend a church service. You can read about a personal experience of being on Rhodes at Easter on our page, Easter on Rhodes.

May

May 1 – May Day

There are country picnics and garlands of flowers are brought back to decorate people’s doorways and balconies.

June

June 24 – The Feast of St John the Baptist

Bonfires and parties take place all over the island.

July

First week of July – Naval Week

On Rhodes this week there are concerts, fireworks, and boat races.

July 20 – The Feast of Profitis Ilias

Large numbers of people assemble at the mountain of Profitis Ilias to celebrate the feast day of the Prophet Elijah.

July 30

There are lively celebrations at the village of Soroni in honour of St Paul.

August

There are dance festivals at various villages throughout this month.

August 6

A religious festival on the nearby island of Halki sees; traditional mock battles, with the throwing of flour and eggs (so don’t dress smartly!) The ferry from Rhodes to Halki takes about 90 minutes but you may need to stay overnight so make sure you’ve got accommodation booked in advance.

August 15 – Assumption (Dormition) of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a very important week-long festival, during which many Greeks return to their native island and village. If planning to visit Greece around this time make sure you have your transport and accommodation booked well ahead.

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September

September 8 – The Birth of the Virgin

This is widely celebrated throughout Greece but there is a unique event at Tsampika on Rhodes, when women wishing to conceive make a special pilgrimage to the hilltop monastery church.

October

October 28 – Ochi Day (‘No’ Day)

Patriotic celebration of Greece’s refusal to capitulate to the demands of Mussolini in 1940 that the country should surrender. There are parades, folk dancing, speeches, and general celebrations all over Greece.

November

November 8 – The Feast of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel

There are religious celebrations and festivities at Archangelos on Rhodes, and at the monastery of Panormitis on the neighbouring island of Symi.

December

Christmas

Although it's not as big a feast in Greece as Easter, Christmas is still widely celebrated. You may hear children singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, going from house to house and being rewarded with sweets, fruit, or some small change.

Christmas lasts from Christmas Eve to January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, and Greeks usually wait till January 1st before exchanging gifts, though some do now do it on Christmas Day.

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