July 20 to the prophet Elias "inside" and "outside"
July 26 in Agia Paraskevi in Xaplovouni
July 27 in Agios Panteleimon
August 6, the Transfiguration of the Savior, in Chorio and Klima
August 23, of the "Nine Days" in Xerokampos (Village, in Zefokalamos and the Monasteries
August 27, in Agios Fanourios, in Prasa
September 1 in Pantokrator in Xaplovouni, an opportunity to admire the beautiful temple and enjoy the sunset from the natural balcony of its courtyard.
September 2 in Agios Mamas, in south-western outskirts of the Village
In Kimolos, it is a rule that the first child, if it is a boy, takes the name of the paternal grandfather, but if it is a girl, it takes the name of the maternal grandmother. thus ensuring the continuity of the name. But it is such a given in the area, that nobody asks the name of the first child... they just know it! At the weddings that take place in Kimolos (but Kimoliates living in other regions of Greece also observe this) they offer along with favors a pasteli so that the couple's life will be "sweet" and they will always be "stuck" with each other another. -Also in the past they offered wedding cakes, cakes with elaborate decorative designs, as a gift to each guest along with the bonbonniere.
An old "dreaming" custom of Kimolos, mentioned by Dimitris Loukatos in his book "Autumn Folklore", is for invoking St. Catherine, to come to the girls' sleep, and to announce the bridegroom to them." On the eve of Saint Catherine, in the evening, the families went to the Church for the occasion. After Vespers, the priest will give to each girl, or to a new , a seal (the central sealed point of the offering). This piece the girl would put under the pillow, before sleeping, and say: - My Saint Catherine, my second daughter, who crossed the desert, Egypt, the swimming pool of you, the marble goldsmith, don't eat, don't drink, don't you come to tell me good or bad about the young man I love/ This she said for three nights. And she (Saint Catherine) would appear in
In Kimolos on the eve of the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14) it is customary to light a fire in which wreaths or May Day bouquets are burned. A fertility and purgatory ritual, the "kapsalos" (the flame) is accompanied by jumping over the fire and satirical songs. Jumping three times over the fire they sang: The heathers opened, the girls opened, and the olive trees opened, and the old women also opened. Whoever burns in the capsule and makes a candle (=burning) from love will burn, he has no more (=anymore) hope.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou