Crete Events and Festivals

(Crete, Greece)

Picture of the Rethymnon harbourAn island which is very much the epitome of Greek history, Crete offers its visitors nothing short of a continual succession of seasonal festivals and things to do. Many of the events on Crete are of a religious nature, while others are really just a very good excuse for a celebration and a spot of Greek dancing.

The main festivals on the island are both national and region, with Easter in Crete being of great importance. Various ceremonies are held during the Holy Week and culminate on the eve of Easter Sunday. At midnight, churches all across the island switch out their lights, and each worshipper then lights their very own candle and take it home, trying to keep it alight! This is a very important event in the Cretan Greek Othodox calendar and usually features a dramatic fireworks day, to mark the start of feasting.

Crete Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015

Other significant events on Crete include the following festivals: