St. Basil’s Day
Epiphany (Ta Fota) This is the day the cross is thrown into the sea off Mandraki (beneath the Old Fortress) for divers to “rescue,” for which one lucky swimmer wins good will and monetary awards from the faithful. Parades and music mark the occasion, after a solemn church service.
First Sunday in Carnival, processions held at various points on the island
Second Sunday in Carnival:
Second round of processions.
Thursday in Carnival:
Corfiot Petegoletsa, singing of cantadhes and marching bands
Third Sunday in Carnival (Cheese Sunday):
The season culminates in a massive parade, with floats, and the burning of (the straw) King Carnival
The Annunciation/Greek Independence Day . Anniversary of the revolution for freedom against the Turkish invaders.
Procession of St. Spyridon in Corfu Town
Choirs perform at the Churches of St. Spyridon, St. Paraskevi and the Metropolitan Cathedral
Concert by the Municipal Choir at the Municipal Theater
Epitaphios (Christ’s Bier) processes at island churches
Early procession of St. Spyridon; First Resurrection and Pot Throwing
Procession of the Icon of The Resurrection; celebrations at the New Fortress; procession of Aghia Triada in Garitsa .
Enosis (Union With Greece), early procession in Corfu town and celebrations in various villages .
Concert of cantadhes sung from boats in Garitsa Bay
St. Spyridon’s Day, Local Holiday, procession in Corfu Town and festivals .
The Assumption of The Virgin, National Holiday, festivals in many, many Corfiot villages
St. Demetrios’s Day
Anniversary of Greece”s refusal to submit to the Italians in 1940
St. Spyridon’s Day, Local Holiday, two-day festival in Corfu Town,
Note: you will find all banks, public offices, shops and sites closed on the following dates: 1st January; Epiphany, 6th January; First Monday in Lent; 25th March, Greek Independence Day; Good Friday, Greek Orthodox Easter and Easter Monday; 1st May; Pentecost (Whit Monday); 15th August (Dormition of The Virgin); 28th October, “Ochi Day”; 25th and 26th December; and St. Spyridon’s Days, 11th August and 12th December.