National Holidays and Events

[vc_table vc_table_theme=”classic_purple”]Date,Name,Remarks|The%201st%20of%20every%20month%20of%20the%20year,The%201st%20of%20every%20month%20of%20the%20year,People%20can%20take%20holy%20water%20from%20a%20%E2%80%9CSamovar%E2%80%9D%20in%20front%20of%20the%20Cathedral%20(the%20Trimartiri)%20in%20Halidon%20street.%20Some%20have%20special%20bottles.%20Others%20just%20empty%20their%20water%20bottle%20and%20use%20that%20or%20a%20plastic%20cup.|January%201st,New%20Year%E2%80%99s%20day,All%20shops%20are%20closed.|January%206th,Epiphany%2F%20Theophany,Celebration%20of%20Theophany%20and%20Blessing%20of%20the%20Waters.%20The%20priests%20cast%20the%20Holy%20Cross%20into%20the%20water%20of%20the%20Venetian%20harbor%20of%20Chania%20and%20the%20Limanaki%20harbor%20in%20Nea%20Chora.%20Everyone%20can%20dive%20for%20the%20cross%20in%20the%20cold%20water%2C%20and%20the%20person%20who%20find%20the%20cross%20will%20be%20blessed%20all%20year%20through.|Mouvable,Fat%20Thursday,11%20days%20before%20Clean%20Monday.%20Greeks%20celebrate%20by%20taking%20to%20the%20streets%20and%20consume%20large%20quantities%20of%20meat%20as%20souvlaki%20by%20grill.%20City%20and%20town%20governments%20set%20up%20grills%20in%20central%20squares%20with%20music%2C%20too.|Mouvable%20,The%20week%20before%20Lent,Different%20Carnival%20events%20in%20the%20Chania%20area|Mouvable%20%C2%A0,Clean%20Monday,The%20first%20day%20of%20Lent%20is%20considered%20to%20be%20one%20of%20the%20most%20important%20feasts%20all%20over%20Greece.%20It%20is%20celebrated%20with%20outdoor%20excursions%2C%20the%20consumption%20of%20shellfish%20and%20other%20fasting%20foods.%20The%20restaurants%20are%20crowded.%20Kite%20flying%20is%20also%20part%20of%20the%20tradition%2C%20especially%20on%20the%20beaches.|March%2025,Independence%20Day,Commemorating%20the%20start%20of%20the%20War%20of%20Greek%20Independence%20from%20Turkish%20rule%20in%201821.%20Parades%20of%20students%2C%20associations%2C%20some%20of%20them%20in%20national%20costumes%2C%20scouts%2C%20armed%20forces%2C%20firemen%20etc.|Mouvable%20%C2%A0%20%C2%A0,Holy%20Week,The%20Holy%20Week%20is%20leading%20up%20to%20Easter%20and%20this%20is%20when%20most%20people%20take%20their%20fasting%20seriously.%20Easter%20is%20the%20most%20important%20holiday%20in%20Greece%2C%20and%20in%20the%20Greek%20Orthodox%20Church.%20Services%20are%20held%20throughout%20Holy%20Week.%20Some%20tavern%E2%80%99s%20close%20during%20this%20week%2C%20and%20the%20ones%20that%20stay%20open%20have%20mostly%20seafood%20and%20vegetable%20dishes%20on%20their%20menu.%20People%20dye%20eggs%20red%20(symbolizing%20the%20blood%20of%20Christ)%20and%20bake%20Easter%20biscuits%20’koulourakia’%20and%20kalitsounia%20(cheese%20pies)%2C%20to%20be%20eaten%20after%20Easter%20Saturday%20when%20the%20fast%20ends.|Mouvable%20%C2%A0%20%C2%A0,Good%20Friday,Good%20Friday%20is%20a%20day%20of%20mourning.%20The%20drama%20of%20the%20death%20of%20Christ%20is%20followed%20with%20great%20devoutness.%20The%20icon%20of%20Christ%20is%20taken%20off%20the%20cross%2C%20wrapped%20in%20linen%20and%20put%20it%20in%20the%20Bier%20symbolizing%20the%20tomb%20of%20Christ.%20Late%20at%20night%20the%20bier%20is%20carried%20through%20the%20streets%20near%20each%20Church.|Mouvable%20%C2%A0,Easter%20Saturday,In%20the%20villages%20of%20Crete%2C%20children%20spend%20the%20day%20preparing%20a%20large%20bonfire%20and%20an%20effigy%20of%20Judas%20outside%20the%20church%20to%20burn%20after%20the%20midnight%20service.%20%E2%80%9CAnastasi%E2%80%9D%2C%20the%20Resurrection%2C%20takes%20place%20at%20midnight%20and%20is%20the%20culmination%20of%20Holy%20Week.%20Churches%20are%20packed%20from%2023%3A00%20onwards%20for%20the%20service%20and%20the%20lighting%20of%20the%20Holy%20Flame%20at%20midnight.%20Many%20tavern%E2%80%99s%20are%20open%20after%20the%20midnight%20service.%20Town%20shops%20close%20at%20around%2015%3A00%20and%20supermarkets%20around%2017%3A00.|Mouvable%20%C2%A0,Easter%20Sunday,Easter%20Sunday%20tradition%20is%20the%20roasting%20of%20lamb%20outside%20on%20a%20spit%3B%20family%20and%20friends%20usually%20get%20together%20for%20a%20big%20celebration%20with%20plenty%20of%20food%2C%20wine%2C%20music%2C%20and%20dancing|Mouvable%20%C2%A0,Easter%20Monday,Nearly%20all%20shops%20remain%20closed.|May%201st,Labour%20Day%2FMay%20Day,Apart%20from%20the%20parades%2C%20one%20very%20common%20commemoration%20is%20the%20making%20of%20a%20May%20wreath%20which%20is%20hung%20on%20doorways%2C%20balconies%2C%20in%20chapels%2C%20and%20many%20other%20places%2C%20Most%20monuments%2C%20museums%2C%20and%20attractions%20as%20well%20as%20some%20shops%20will%20be%20closed.|May%2015th%20%E2%80%93%2030th,Anniversary%20for%20the%20%E2%80%9CBattle%20of%20Crete%E2%80%9D,Memorial%20events%20to%20the%20fallen%20soldiers%20and%20civilians%20of%20the%20Battle%2C%20in%20the%202.%20World%20War.|Mouvable,Pentecost%20or%20Whit%20Monday,Always%20celebrated%20Monday%2C%207%20weeks%20after%20Easter.|August%2015,Assumption%20or%20Dormition%20of%20the%20Holy%20Virgin,The%20most%20important%20celebration%20of%20the%20Virgin%20Mary|End%20of%20August%20%E2%80%93%20beginning%20of%20September,Sardine%20festival,Every%20summer%2C%20during%20the%20end%20of%20August%20to%20beginning%20of%20September%2C%20for%20ten%20days%2C%20the%20Municipality%20of%20Chania%20organizes%20sardine%20festival%20on%20the%20beach%20of%20Nea%20Chora%20that%20attracts%20many%20visitors.%20Usually%20on%20the%201st%20Monday%20of%20September%20is%20the%20highlight%20of%20the%20celebration%20with%20free%20grilled%20sardine%20fish%2C%20wine%2C%20music%20and%20dancing%20in%20the%20evening.|September%2027th,World%20Tourism%20Day,Festive%20events%20at%20the%20Venetian%20port%20of%20Chania|October,Tsikoudia%20(Raki)%20festival,Dance%20and%20music%20events%20as%20well%20as%20revival%20of%20the%20traditional%20way%20of%20tsikoudia%20distillation%20in%20the%20Venetian%20port%20of%20Chania|October%2028th,Ochi%20Day%2FDay%20of%20the%20%E2%80%9CNo%E2%80%9D,Celebration%20of%20the%20Greek%20refusal%20to%20the%20Italian%20ultimatum%20in%201940|December%2015th%20%E2%80%93%2030th,Christmas%20events%20in%20Chania,Santa%20run%2C%20etc.|December%2025,Christmas%20Day,|December%2031%20%E2%80%93%20January%201,New%20Year,Festive%20welcome%20of%20the%20new%20year%20in%20the%20Municipal%20Market%20organized%20by%20the%20Municipality%20of%20Chania[/vc_table]