The Municipality of Ieton, in collaboration with the Tourism Development Municipal Enterprise, organizes concerts with major Greek and foreign artists at the "ODYSSEAS ELYTIS" Open Air Theater every year.
In honor of Homer, a cultural festival "TA OMIREIA" is organized every year with artistic and cultural activities.
At the annual cultural events "HOSTAGE" that take place on the island from May to September, you can attend a series of events such as a theater competition of the Cycladic schools, sports competitions in athletics and team sports and art, photography, book exhibitions in the event hall of the Town Hall building.
Like most of the Cyclades, several customs existed mainly in the older years, which embellished the daily life of the inhabitants. Until before the last war, some customs regarding the birth and baptism of children were preserved on the island. Two of these were adorning the newborn with gold jewelry on the third day and 'courting' which involved throwing coins into the water to choose the 'mami'.
There were also some customs related to the selection of the groom from the bride, such as "anegardo". On the eve of Psycho Saturday, the girls prepared and baked the "almyropitari", a pie containing a coin and according to custom, any girl who found it would be married in the same year.
On the eve of Psycho Saturday, the girls prepared and baked the "almyropitari", a pie that contained a coin and according to custom, any girl who found it would get married in the same year.
The youths celebrate with a traditional feast on June 24th Saint John of Kleidona in Pyrgos, on August 15th the Virgin Mary Gremiotissa in Chora, on August 29th Saint John Kalamos and Saint John of Psathi and on September 8th the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Agia Theodoti and in Paliokastro. There are also the smaller festivals of Agia Varvara, Mersinia, Agios Georgios in Vourlidakia and Ai Vlassi.
On the eve of the feast of Agios Ioannis in Ios, fires are lit and after they are extinguished the unmarried girls take some of the ashes that are left, put them on their heels and go home. Then they all gather together and go to a well from where the protogonati (firstborn) draws the "unspoken water". Then they carry the lagini (clay vessel) with the water to the place where the "Aecleidon" will come out and until they get there the first born is forbidden to speak. Into the water they throw fruits marked with barley and cloves, these fruits are brought out by the first-born. After the end of the "unmarried" all the unmarried girls put "silent water" in their mouths and go home. All the way from the moment they put the ashes on their feet to the moment they drink the "silent water", whatever male name each girl hears, this will be the name of her husband.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou