annual festivals & events

Agios Konstantinos

feast of St. Constantine (Agios Konstantinos) The Feast of St. Constantine is observed every year on Hydra on November 14. As Constantine is the patron

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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)

apokreas (carnival) The Greek name for Carnival, Apokreas, derivies from the Greek phrase αποχή από κρέας, literally meaning “abstinence from meat.” Similarly, the word “carnival”

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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 (θεοφάνεια)

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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Greek 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 (Πρωτομαγιά)

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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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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