Oct 28, 2015

Celebrations of 28 October

It’s a National Day today and many events are scheduled in memory of the Second World War victims.
The church bells will ring joyfully at 07.30 while schoolchildren will lay wreaths at the Heroes memorial later. In the central churches, you can attend services and then the parade will follow (at 11.00).
In Fira, where the largest parade is held, students from the schools, Air Force soldiers and the local Cretan Association with their impressive traditional costumes will participate. The Municipal Band will accompany the parade with marches. At the end of the parade, dancing groups will present Greek traditional dances.
After the events, you can enjoy a glass of local wine in the Bellonio Cultural Foundation in Fira and you will also have the opportunity to stroll and go shopping. If you want to eat lunch at one of the fine restaurants of the island, make your reservations early, through your reception, because many people will opt to have lunch in a restaurant.
In Pyrgos, after the student parade, the local dance groups will perform traditional dances with live music at the central square and will amaze you!