In Chania people celebrate all year round. The most famous celebrations are the festivals to honor the saint-protector of each village.

Add to this a series of national anniversaries like the Battle of Crete each May and the national holidays of 28th October and 25th of March. Exhibitions of products are organized outdoor bazaars etc.

The parties during the production of tsikoudia or wine or the harvest of cherries, oranges, chestnuts etc are particularly interesting. All these celebrations are accompanied by traditional dances and songs while food and drink is generously offered.

In the first ten days of August the "Agricultural August" is organized in the Venetian harbor of Chania», for the promotion of the agricultural and agrotouristic product of the prefecture.

Some of the most famous festivals are the following:

Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John's Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia.  

Azogyre, The Holy Fathers'Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers.

Aradaina, Archangel Michael's Day, November 8th: Directly above the impressive gorge of Aradaina, in the deserted but beautiful village.

Asi Gonia, St. George's Day
, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. 

Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. 

Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th: In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905. 

Kandanos, the Ascension ofChrist (1) 

Koustogerago, St Catherine, November 25th: High over Koustogerago with majestic view to the fair which is also to commemorate the rescue of the rebels that were hiding themselves from the Germans in a cave there. 

Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th: The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place.

Paleochora, Annunciation of the Mother of God, March 25th: Many musical instruments and happy atmoshereσ’ The entire Paleochora, in the beginning of spring. 

Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John's, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. 

Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor. 

Strovles, Holy Ghost's (2) 

Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. 

Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. 

Frangokastello, St. Nikitas', September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. 

Floria, Michael Archangel's, November 8th: Small traditional festival. 

Other excellent festivals, by date, are the following:

August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo 

August 15the the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampo, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerago

August 29th,John the Precursor's: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas

September 8th, το Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo

September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani 
September 15th St. Nikitas': Kampia

(1) The feast has no date, because it is «movable» – 40 days after the Orthodox Easter
(2) The feast has no date because it is «movable» – 50 days after the Orthodox Easter

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