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Almond Festival (February)

Almond Festival (February) The “Feast of the Almond, has been celebrated on Hydra since the first decades of the twentieth century, initially among small groups

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Apokreas (Carnival)

The name “Apokreas” derivies from the Greek phrase Apoxh apo kreas, literally meaning “goodbye to meat.” Similarly, the word “carnivale” derives from the Latin carne,

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Assumption Day

Assumption Day Celebrated on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a national holiday as well as a religious occasion.

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Christmas on Hydra

Christmas (Χριστούγεννα) on Hydra While not quite as prominent as Easter, or Pascha, Christmas is still an important holiday celebrated on Hydra, as witnessed by

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Easter (Πάσχα)

Easter (Πάσχα) On Good Friday (Megali Paraskevi) villagers carry candles and follow the procession of the Epitaph. After the Epitaph (or Christ’s funeral bier), decorated with

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Epiphany

Epiphany Epiphany (ἐπιφάνεια, meaning “manifestation”) or Theophany (Θεοφάνεια, meaning “vision of God”) is an Orthodox feast day that commemorates Jesus’s baptism in the Jordan River,

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Independence Day

Independence Day On March 25, Greeks celebrate the Greek National Anniversary, a major religious holiday with military parades in the larger towns and cities, celebrating

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Kondouriotia

Kondouriotia In late August, the Municipality of Hydra organizes a commemoration of the death of the first (and third) president of the Greek Republic, Hydriot

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May Day (Protomayia)

May Day (Protomayia) In the days before this national holiday, the Greeks’ version of Labor Day, locals traditionally gather colorful wild spring flowers from the

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Miaoulia

Hydra is famed for its Miaoulia festival, held on the weekend closest to June 21 in honour of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, an important Hydriot naval commander in the Greek War of Independence (1821–1827).

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New Year’s on Hydra

New Year’s Day (Πρωτοχρονιά) New Year’s Day (Πρωτοχρονιά) is also celebrated ecclesiastically as the feast of St. Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ. In Greek

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Oxi Day

Oxi Day Oxi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas (r. August 4, 1936—January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum, made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October

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Spring and Fall Regattas

Spring and Fall Regattas Hydra hosts two annual three-day regattas that mark the beginning and end of the racing season. The first, held on the

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Tsiknopempti

Tsiknopempti Tsiknopempti, the Greek Orthodox equivalent of the Catholic Fat Thursday, literally means “Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat,” with tsikna translating to “charred

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