Festivals in StoupaEdit This
Stoupa festivals include a variety of cultural events that are celebrated with theatrical plays and musical performances. The majority of the festivals celebrated in Stoupa have a religious background and are celebrated to coincide with the Orthodox calendar, which is more or less like the Catholic calendar. Discussed below the most prominent festivals that take place in Stoupa.
New Year Day
The New Year Day is celebrated as the Feast of Agios Vassilis on January 1st. On this special day, the Greek families cook Vassilopita, a kind of sweet bread with a coin in it. It is believed that the coin will bring good luck and fortune to its finder.
Also known as Fota and Theofania, Epiphany falls on January 6th every year. During this special occasion, the priest goes from one house to another carrying a cross and a basil branch in order to bless each house. This is believed to ward off evil spirits.
Feast of the Annunciation
Celebrated on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation is one of the most significant events for Christians. This festival coincides with the Greek Independence Day, which is celebrated to commemorate the successful war of independence against the Turks in 1821.
This is perhaps the most important of all events that takes place in Stoupa. It is celebrated in April mostly from the 21st to the 27th, and this whole week is called "Great Week," or Megali Evdomada.