The fairs of Rhodes are mostly focused on the religious element and tied with religious celebrations. Since the ancient times the Greeks liked to spice up their lives with fairs and festivals.
The fairs in the villages and towns are divided on three parts:
- First the religious, with the church service and procession of the icon.
- Second the entertainment, music and dancing.
- Third the commercial, outdoor bazaars. As in the past at the fairs, people have the opportunity to meet each other, friends and relatives and purchase many items from the bazaars.
Before the fairs were the best chance for the unmarried girls to meet their future husbands. A lot of matchmaking was taking place. A big festival in the village was the highlight of the year, much expected and appreciated by everyone. Still is …
Below you may find a detailed list of events and festivals for the year 2012, together with photos from the events: