Religious feasts & festivals
August 15th is the largest religious festival in Crete Island, on the occasion of the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Almost all villages have a chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary and organize panigiria that day. The most popular panigiria on August 15th are in the Monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa in Chania and in the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera in Lassithi.
On April 23rd, the feast of Agios Georgios is celebrated. Particularly large festivals are organized in Asi Gonia Chania and Plakias in Rethymno.
On August 25th, there is a large feast for Saint Titus in Heraklion Town. Saint Titus was the first bishop of Crete and is considered the protector of the island.