Kalymnos Culture

Culture and Customes of Kalymnos

The Festival of the Municipality, hosted once every year from the month of July through to September, featuring acclaimed artists and catering for a vast array of cultural interests.

Folklore feasts and Celebrations :
The Feast of Aghios Panteleimon, on the 26th of July, in Kalymnos. At Vathy, the feast at the monastery of Panaghia Kyra Psili, on the 15th of August.

At the village of Massouri, the feast of Panaghia Galatiani, on the 15th of August, at Arginontas.

At the Chorio, during Carnival, a huge ball is hosted out on the courtyard of Panaghia Kecharitomeni, a revival of glorious times past and the times of loud merrymaking.


On the island of Telendos, the feasts of Aghios Konstantinos on the 21st of May and that of Panaghia, on the 15th of August.

On the island of Pserimos, the feast of the Dormition on the 15th of August and that of Panaghia Grafiotissa, on the 8th of September.

Customs and lore :
There was an old tradition for a "feast of love", held shortly before the outing of the sponge divers in late April and early May of each year. 
Food and drinks were offered, dancing and drinking all through the day and well into the evening. A similar feast is hosted every year on Easter Sunday, featuring a representation of the traditional methods of sponge diving at the central square. 
Fireworks are fired from the slopes of Aghios Savvas and Aghios Stefanos.

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