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Annual Events in Chania

May: Second fortnight celebration of the Battle of Crete. Includes memorials to the fallen and various cultural events.
Each May: "Korisia" athletic games, Canoe kayak, at lake Kournas.
Early Summer: "Venizelia" International athletics, at the National Stadium of Chania.
May - September: Sports events in the Municipality of Cydonia, which include running, Beach Volley, Beach Soccer, Beach Handball & racket.
July, August, September: Cultural summer, at the Municipality of Chania. Includes musical and theatrical performances at the theater in Eastern Trench, at the Garden, at the Conservatory of Venizelos, at the Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in various neighborhoods. Cultural summers are also organized by the municipalities of Kissamos, New Cydonia, Pelican and Georgioupolis.
June: Cherry Festival in Karanry.
June 24: Feast of St. John Klidonas in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia Therissos, Vamvakopoulo.
July 21-28: Elafonisia - Municipality of Innachorio. Include a memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances,
celebration in honor of elders and traditional treats.
July 26: The Association for the
Tourist Promotion of Kissamos, "Grambousa" organizes a pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kissamos to Balos and the island of Grambousa.
July 30-31: Wine Festival in Vouves.
First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the land at the monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotunda), in Kato Episkopi.
July: Feast kalitsounia in Kandanos.
July: Marine Week at the Municipality of Chania, at the Old Port and every second year in Paleochora and Georgioupolis.
August 5-12: Chania Prefecture - "Agricultural August": Display of Cretan quality agricultural products. Dockyards of Chania, 19:30 - 23:30 www.nax.gr
August 18: Feast of "Laina" (pitcher) in Nochia.
August 20: "Feast of Hone" in Afrata..
September: Sardine Festival in Souda and in the "New Town" of Chania.
September 27: World Tourism Day: Celebrations at the old port of Chania.
End of October or beginning of November: Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.
November: Feast of Raki, at Neoria (Chania), Loutraki Cydonia, Kandanos and Lake Platanias.
December 31 - January 1: Festive welcome of the new year, at the Market Square of the city of Chania.


Annual Religious Events

Holy Week: Throughout the prefecture, the Passion and the day of Easter are celebrated with reverence, and in the Easter day there is dancing, while spit lamb and wine are offered.
April 23 or the day after Easter: Feast of St. George: in Vryses, New Roumata, in Kalogeros Strouvlon, Psathogianno, Kambanos, and in Asi Gonia. In Asi Gonia, the shepherds of the region bring in the flocks for the sanctification and offer milk and meat with rice to the attendees.
June 8: St. Theodore: in Thodorou island.
August 6: Transfiguration: Kalyves, Xirosterni, Kefalas (Vamos municipality), Tzitzifes, Voukolies, Maleme, Kakopetro, Plemeniana.
August 15: Assumption of Mary: In Kolimbari Chrissoskalitissa, Platania, Therisso, Old Roumata head, Pemonia, Meskla, Loutraki, rectal, Likotinara, Exopolis.
August 24: St. Fanourios: In Vrises Apokoronou, in Kyparissos and in Rapaniana.
August 29: St. John Rigologou: In the location of Gionas Rodopou, Manoliopoulo, Kournas.
September 14: Holy Cross: Alikianos, Xamoudochori, Varipetro, Tavronitis.
September 15: St. Nikitas: In Frangokastello, with the organization of horse races and athletic games.
November 21: Presentation of Mary: At the Cathedral of Chania
December 6: Saint Nicholas: in the islet of Souda, "Splantzia".
December 12: Saint Spyridon: In the Diocese of Kissamos.
December 24: Christmas Night: Representation of Christ's birth in caves and Topolia Marathokefala.