Overview of Panigiria (feasts)
One of the most famous customs in the Greek islands is held every year in Sikinos. It is called “panigyrades” and it’s associated with the island’s religious feasts (gr. panigiria). According to the tradition, some of the islanders become hosts of the icons found in the island’s churches of Pantanassa, Stavros, Zoodochou Pigis and Eisodia Theotokou. They keep the icon in their houses for a year and when it’s time to celebrate the feast, they take care of all the necessary preparations and deliver the icon to the next host.