Hydra’s Annual Festivals & Holidays

Hydra’s calendar is punctuated with regular feasts, festivals, and other celebrations. Feast days include New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Clean Monday, and Greek Easter, among many others. Festivals include the Carnival parade in early spring and the world-renowned “Miaoulia,” in honor of Admiral Andreas Miaoulis, hero of the 1821 Greek Revolution. Miaoulia takes place every year at the end of June and culminates the weeklong “Nautical Week.” Events include folk dancing, concerts, athletic demonstrations by the island’s students and clubs, among other cultural activities. The week finishes with “The Happening,” a reconstruction of Miaoulis’s sailors torching the Ottoman fleet, and a fantastic fireworks display. Hydriots also celebrate numerous public holidays, such as Independence Day and Oxi Day, with parades in the harbor.

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Local Festivals & Events

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 6: Epiphany

February: Almond Festival

February/March: Carnival Season

March 25: Independence Day

Weekend closest to March 25: Spring Regatta

Late March to early May: Greek Easter

May 1: Labor or May Day

Late June:

August 15: Feast of Panagia (Virgin Mary)

Late August: Kondouriotia

October 28: Oxi Day

Weekend closest to Oxi Day: Fall Regatta

November 14: Feast of St. Constantine (Agios Konstantinos)

November 17: Polytechneio

December 24: Christmas Eve

December 25: Christmas

December 31: New Years Eve