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Rhodes Island

Written by Tim Ross
What an incredible place. Rhodes offers almost any kind of holiday you could want. If you want peace and quiet, youíll find it on Rhodes. If you want activities and night-life, Rhodes has got it. If you want to explore history and culture, that is there too. The island is clean, the locals are very warm and friendly to tourists. English is spoken everywhere and most signs are in English too.
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The Greek population is composed of a 97% of Christian Orthodox.  The rest of the population is Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish. Greece and Russia are the only countries to have such a great proportion of people that belong to the Orthodox Church. However, in the Eurostat - Eurobarometer poll of 2005, 81% of Greek citizens responded that they believe there is a God, which was the third highest percentage among EU members behind only Malta and Cyprus..

Throughout Greece, religious festivals and social events have become an important part of life, this is particularly the case on the island of Rhodes. The majority of the main events take place in Rhodes town.

The biggest event of the year is the GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER.  The high point is the Easter Mass, which is celebrated at midnight on Easter Saturday - Sunday, where the people light their candles in the church and carry the sacred light back to their homes.  Followed by Easter Sunday and after days of fasting the people gladly indulge in the traditional Lamb roasted on the spit, cooked  early in the morning, which is the centerpiece of the table together with plenty of green salads, roast potatoes, traditional coloured eggs,  sweet biscuits, especially prepared for this occasion accompanied by fine red or white local wines.

Here are a few of the religious festivals celebrated in Rhodes.  Each village has at least one Church festival per year celebrating the name day of its patron saint, with lots of wine, ouzo and delicious food.

April 22-23th   St.George Rodos Town-Malona-Arnitha
May 7-8th   St. John, Theologos-Agios Isidoros
May 20-21st  Saints Konstantinos-Eleni, Thari
June 14-15th  Profitis Amos, Faliraki
June 28-29th   St.Paul, Lindos-Haraki
July 6-7th   Agia Kyriaki, Kalathos
July 12-13th   Presentation of the Virgin Mary, Kamiri (near Massari)
July 16-17th   St. Marina, Paradissi-Apolakia-Koskinou
July 19-20th   Profitis Helias, Filerimos-Profitis Ilias mountain
July 25-26th   St. Paraskevi, Trianda - Katavia
July 26-27th   St. Panteleimonas, Old Town - Siana
July 29-30th   Saint Soulas, Agios Soulas mountain
August 5-6th   Sotiras (Saviour), Kiotari - Fanes
August 14-15th   St. Mercurios, Istrios
August 14-15th   Virgin Mary, Kremasti-Trianta-Salakos - Afandou -Embona -Asklipio
August 21-22th  Virgin Mary of Ipseni, Lardos
August 23rd   Virgin Mary of Kremasti, Kremasti
August 26-27th   St. Fanourios, Old Town
September 7-8th  Archagel (Taxiarchis), Kamiri- Tris
September 7-8th  Virgin Mary of Tsambika, Tsambika
September 13-14th  Holy Cross, Appolona-Kalythies-Damatria
October 17-18   St. Loukas, Afandou
November 7-8th   Archangel (Taxiarchis), Rodos Town
November 8-9th   St.Nektarios, Faliraki
November 14th   St. Kostantinos Idreos,, Rodos Town
November 20-21st  Presentation of the Virgin Mary, Rodos Town
November 21-22th  St.Filimona, Arnitha
November 29-30th  St. Andrew, Paradissi