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Corfu has a wide selection of entertainment options.

Religious festivals take place throughout the year all over the island. The major ones are Easter and the festival days devoted to St. Spyridon, with the most important one on August 11th.

Easter is usually in April, and often falls on a different date from the Christian Easter.

San Spiridone, Corfù

Corfu celebrates it in style as Easter Saturday is also one of St. Spyridon’s festival days, and the day when the custom of throwing pots from the windows and balconies in Corfu Town takes place. The origins of this are unclear, but one theory is that it is to show anger at Judas’s betrayal of Jesus; but it could also be as simple as throwing out the old to welcome the arrival of summer.

San Spiridone, Corfù

The August Cultural Festival takes place during the entire month of August, in the village of Ano Korakiana and consists in various expositions and cultural events in the streets and in some cultural centres of the village.

Varkarola is a feast which is celebrated in Corfu Town every August the 10th with choirs in boats filling the bay of Gaios and singing cantades (traditional romantic songs from the twenties), while fireworks are illuminating the sky.

The Festival of Garouna and Ano Gerakiana is a three-day festival that takes place in the villages of Kato Garouna and Ano Gerakiana, during the first week-end after the 15th of August. The festival consists of various cultural events organised by the association of the people of the two villages who are permanently living in Athens and return to their birth land during summer time.

The Sound and Light Show is a beautiful festival that gathers various events playing with sounds and lights which are taking place in Corfu Town during the summer period.

The Cricket Festival, heritage from the British domination, takes place during summer time on the Esplanade Square (in Corfu Town), where there is a huge cricket ground, the only one in Greece. English teams are also participating in these cricket competitions.

The Carnival of Corfu resembles a lot to the Carnival of Venice, as it has its roots in the Venetian rule of the island in the 17th century. The most famous happening of the Carnival is the Great Parade that takes place in Liston and Spianada square.

Every 21st of May, in Corfu Town, the inhabitants of the island celebrate the Anniversary of the Union of Corfu with the new Greek State with dances and great banquets.
The Liston, Exit and the Corfiot newspapers list local events in Greek and/or English. Other publications focus on different corners of the island, some being published only for the summer season.

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