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Christmas - Experience - Greek Kalanta
New year’s days – Experience- Greek Kalanta
Easter Time - Pasha
Carnival visits(Rethymnon – Moxos etc)
Visiting Crete February or March is a great opportunity to experience the festive mood of “Apokries” (the Greek Halloween) and the spectacular Greek carnivals. In many areas throughout the island there are carnivals organized, but the Carnival in Rethymnon has become the most popular.
Greek Easter, unique experiences in Crete/Greece
It is the most important holiday of the year for the people of Greece.
Easter is always in Spring and nature is most beautiful at that time.
The weather is good, neither cold or too hot and it is perfect time for hiking or traveling around. Perhaps it is not the best time of the year for spending a day at the beach but you will experience the wonderful Greek Easter customs and religious ceremonies..
Christmas - New Year
In Crete/Greece when we talk about the "holidays" we are referring to the holiday period of Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.
Traditionally the Christmas holiday period lasts 12 days in Greece. There are many customs associated with the "twelve days of Christmas," some very old and others relatively recent, like the decorated tree and the turkey on the Christmas-day table.
Cretan Food Specialties
Below we advise a few of the specialties you may enjoy in Crete during Christmas -New Year Holidays.
Apaki - the pork is cut into chunks and then smoked
Pihti - the hog's head is boned and all the meat is boiled. Then the stock, after special preparation, is made into a delicious gelatin mold with pieces of the meat in it.
Siglina - the pork meat is cut into small pieces, then cooked and stored, covered with lard, in large pots. This way the meat could be kept for many months
Omathies - the pig's intestines are stuffed with rice, raisins and bits of liver
Tsigarithes - pieces of lard cooked with spices and eaten with leaven bread for the mid-morning meal when they picked olives
Greek Christmas & New Years Carols.
The singing of Christmas carols is a custom which is preserved in its entirety to this day.
Children still go from house to house in twos or more singing the carols, while accompanied by the sounds of the triangle, even guitars, accordions, lyres or harmonicas.