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Culture & Tradition

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The long-term occupation of Kos by foreign conquerors until the recent past (1948) has affected the character and the cultural education of the residents. Meanwhile, the local culture was strongly influenced by agricultural and livestock occupations of the residents predominated until the 70s. In recent years, the development of Kos in the field of tourism and the need to offer tourists cultural events, in relation to the interaction between the locals and tourists enriches the local island culture with foreign, mainly western influences.

Music and dancing are the main cultural activities of the residents associated with the tradition, the orthodox faith and the seasons of cultivation and harvesting of products. Importantly, these arts of traditional dances and songs and Byzantine music is not presented by a few performers, but is an element of collegiality of the residents that are actively involved in dozens of fairs and church festivals, weddings and family and educational events. At the same time, dozens of clubs preserve tradition and public and private schools transfer knowledge in young children.

In recent years the arts of painting, theater, ceramics and brass musical instruments developed. A significant share of the culture of Kos is covered by the occupation of the inhabitants with ancient history, particularly with what is associated with the Hellenistic era and Hippocrates. Big part of the cultural activities of the island is presented to the residents and tourists in the rich program of cultural events of "Hippocratia" of the Municipality of Kos, where often all attendees are involved.​

Wedding Ceremonies

Wedding Ceremonies in Kos 
Kos attracts Greeks and foreigners for the celebration of their marriage, since, thanks to the beautiful nature and amazing beaches, the conditions for a memorable event exist. Weddings are either religious or political.

The religious orthodox Christian marriage can be made in some of the small, beautiful churches that adorn the island or in the large and impressive churches such as St. Nicholas in the center of Kos, St. George in Zia and the historic church of Ippapantis with view of the Aegean sea.

Political marriages are made in the City Hall or, if the necessary paperwork is done, hotels and upscale restaurants undertake the wedding planning.

Marriages committed in the traditional house in Kardamena or at the port and Agios Stefanos in Kefalos are characteristic, as well as the weddings committed in the beaches of large hotels in Kos, and in the hills just outside of town, overlooking the port to the opposite coast. The groom often awaits the bride, accompanied with traditional songs and musical instruments. The couple goes through the historical center with white horses and a carriage , enjoying the feast in one of the luxury hotels on the island.​​​​​​​​​
Travel Notebook
Using the symbol Add points of interest , you can keep in the notebook points of interest and places you like to visit when you come to our island. You can have in your cell phone the list of points via application we have created.