The festival of Panagia Kalamiotissa

The island’s most important celebration is held at the Panagia Kalamiotissa Monastery on September 7th-8th. A very interesting religious ritual takes place two days prior to the celebration at the Zoodohis Pigis Monastery (September 8th). The icon of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) is carried by locals to the old Panagia Kalamiotissa Monastery where an all-night ceremony is held. The participants leave the monastery the next morning.