The popular architecture of Skiathos does not have a completely island style. it is a complex image of an island and Peliorite village, combining at the same time neoclassical elements.
The houses are usually small, built close to each other, two-storied and made of stone, while the only material used for painting the exterior walls is lime. We meet mainly two types of houses: rural and mansions. The old narrow streets of the island are made of stone slabs. In the center of the road, slabs are placed vertically in the earth in a herringbone shape to facilitate the removal of rainwater. In places where the streets are very narrow and at the bends, the corners of the houses are cut (chamfered corner) in order to facilitate movement in them. Small squares are formed in various parts of the city, where there could be a gathering of crowds, such as around and next to churches, fountains, etc.
The characteristics of the male costume are the breeches and the long fez with a long tassel and it resembled the dress of the Hydra.
Women's traditional clothing consists of the undershirt, which is the most important and necessary part of women's costume. It is long, reaches below the knees and is characterized by wide sleeves.
The flannel is worn on top, which is crossed in the front and fastens with two small buttons, sewn into the neck of the flannel. They are usually made of wool or cotton and are white in color. black shirts were worn by the elderly and those in mourning.
The socks, which were knitted from cotton or woolen thread and reached up to the knee. They were also called churapia. Their color was white, but, as with the flannel, very old women or those in mourning wore black turbans.
TRADITIONAL DANCES AND SONGS
Most folk songs of Skiathos are narrative. The origin of these songs goes back to the Middle Ages. The most typical Skiatian song is Kamara.
This song is sung during the Skiathic dance of the same name. In earlier times, this was the most popular dance for women, who danced it dressed in their most formal costume and with excess grace after the Second Resurrection and on the feast of St. George.
The dance took place on the roof of the Castle, and later, when the inhabitants were transferred to the town of Skiathos, they danced the arch in the threshing floors and later in Agia Triada.
The occupation of the Skiatians with shipping has a long history that begins in the depths of the centuries and continues undisturbed until today.
At the beginning of the 18th century, the Skiathians, after being freed from the Turkish restrictions, began to build their own ships in the bay of Kechria and to do trade and transport in the nearby places.
From 1774 onwards they began to travel to Egypt and the Black Sea.
As early as the 18th century, there were good shipyards with worthy shipwrights, who had their facilities in Ai-Giorgis near the lake. In 1804, according to Adamantios Korai's Statistics, Skiathos had 12 ships with 144 sailors and 48 cannons.
Already from the period of action of Stathas and Nikotsaras, the Skiathite fleet was well equipped and these ships were used throughout the Greek Revolution in many operations.
The "Alypian wine" as mentioned by the greatest Greek short story writer Alexandros Papadiamantis of Skiathos in his short story, "The black logs" was suitable to alleviate "the sorrows, woes and sufferings of this world". Recently, in the HOLY MONASTERY OF THE EVANGELISMOU TIS THEOTOKOU (EVANGELISTRIA) it was decided to prepare the historical wine again, in sufficient quantity to cover the needs of the Monastery and the numerous pilgrims and friends of the Monastery.
"EOTHINO" - CELEBRATIVE AWAKENING OF THE ISLAND AND LIGHTNING OF THE 25TH OF MARCH
In the last three years, parallel to the celebration of this National Anniversary, customs such as the "Eothino" and the "Lightning" have been revived under the auspices of the Municipality of Skiathos. "EOTHINO" - CELEBRATIVE AWAKENING OF THE ISLAND This celebratory wake, "Eothino", took place on March 25th in the morning at 5 o'clock, and was attended by the students in the class of the then Primary School. The same hymns as the torchbearers were sung as well as hymns of the Church. In this festive event the Liberation of the Genus is celebrated. In the last three years, the revival of this custom has been carried out by the Local Group of the Greek Guidance Corps of Skiathos in collaboration with the Municipality of Skiathos.
March 25 torchlight procession
The torchlight procession takes place in the evening at 8 o'clock on March 25. The custom of carrying the torch originates from the years of the Turkish occupation, when they had combined the Resurrection of Christ with the Resurrection of the Genus, the liberation of the Genus from the Turks. And as in the Resurrection we have the Holy light of the Resurrection, so the same light is the light of Freedom. After the liberation, the Resurrection of the Genus was fulfilled and we have the light, as in the Resurrection of Christ. In the past, the primary school of the island under the auspices of the Municipality of Skiathos was responsible for this tradition of torchlighting. At that time, everyone would gather at the Primary School (because there was no High School yet), and the Municipality of Skiathos would hand out torches and candles and the torchlight procession would begin, according to the classes of the school at the time and the adults followed behind the students. Everyone together sang the two hymns: -"All glory all grace" and -"The light of glory shines blue in the Country"-. For some years this custom was not carried out, until in the 90s the Women's Association of Skiathos revived it and for the last three years it has been continued by the Municipality of Skiathos in collaboration with the Spiritual Center of the Churches, and the Greek Guidance Society of Skiathos.
April 23 - The feast of Saint George. During its duration, equestrian competitions take place in the lake
July 26 - The festival of Agia Paraskevi in Platanias.
The events within the maritime week in July are also of interest.
August 14 - The procession of the epitaph in honor of the Virgin at the monastery of Evangelistria, a custom unique in Greece
November 21, the Entry of the Virgin, the festival of Panagia Kounistra, patron saint of the island.
THE FIRST GREEK FLAG
Evangelismos Monastery Skiathos.
Tel. 24270 22012
Source: Municipality of Skiathos