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Colors of Kos Island - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

When you are on a holiday on the island of Kos, it is worth remembering some features of the local mentality. For example, the world-famous gesture of consent in the form of a nod here, as in the rest of Greece, means denial. And the locals nod their heads from the top down, they tut quietly to emphasize the skeptical attitude. You also shouldn’t direct a flat hand at a person you are talking to. The gesture, which is often used as a fencing or "stop, wait" signal, can be a great insult for a local.
Kos Island is a good place to relax with children of any age. There is everything to diversify the pastime of both a child and an adult: two water parks, several beautiful beaches with clean … Open
Note that on the island it is accepted to greet everyone presenting in the room when you enter, whether it's a tavern, a cafe, a store or a bank. This greeting is also accepted to be answered even by a complete stranger. The handshake is usually welcomed only at the first acquaintance, in the future, the Greeks kiss their close friends on the cheeks when they meet. If you were not asked, then do not call a local resident by name, call him by his last name. By the way, it won’t harm to learn at least a few words in Greek, for example, "yasas", which means "hello".
The Greeks communicate very emotionally, gesticulating actively. Sometimes it may seem that the conversation will soon go become a fight, but it won’t. It's just natural here to show your emotions. By the way, do not be surprised that the locals can talk about you or someone else in the third person during a conversation, here it is not something uncivilized. Remember that the shortest way to disagreements with the locals is indecent behavior when you are drunk. The islanders themselves, although they like to drink, are very disrespectful to those who lose control over themselves while drinking. Copyright
On the island of Kos, there are enough old taverns that started functioning long before the tourists came down here, as well as new modern cafes and restaurants that take into account the … Open
You should better not wear provocative clothes on the streets of the remote villages. Though in large cities everyone is used to changing morals, in the suburbs such a look can cause disapproval of the locals. They do not like to hurry here, therefore, sometimes you will have to wait for your order, especially in taverns. What is interesting is that the locals love money, but they are not ready to spend much energy on earning it. And the funds themselves are more often used here to roll up the gorgeous festivities, to splurge and then continue to live rather modestly. At the table, the Greeks behave very freely, not carrying much for the laws of etiquette.
On the Kos island all the church holidays are celebrated on a large scale. The most large-scale festivities are Christmas, Epiphany day, Orthodox Easter, the holiday of St. George, and the day of the Assumption of the Virgin in August. At this time you can safely go to one of the remote villages of the island. The Greeks are hospitable and will gladly show and tell the travelers everything about their customs and, more often than not, will allow them to join the celebration. The same can be said about the weddings, which here are still celebrated according to all the traditions, and the days of the patron saint of someplace – a tourist has good chances to participate in the festivities if he shows enough tact.
Asklepion is, perhaps, one of the central attractions of the island. The ruins of the temple and the hospital, where the suffering people went, still look majestic. Often a person striving … Open
Be sure to take part in the Carnival, which is traditionally held in February. By the way, for Christmas here they have their own way of entertainment and earning – Kalanta, and therefore it is common to give singing boys and girls a reward for the diligence. There are also unique, special festivals and holidays on the island. For example, in July, several days in a row are dedicated to Hippocrates. During the celebrations, not only the souvenirs with the Hippocratic Oath, which are one of the symbols of Kos, are massively sold and bought, but people also sing, dance, and even play on stage. In August, gourmets will be able to participate in the Festival of Wine on the island. In winter, local people organize the Winter Festival.
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Survived castles around Kos Island
♥   Castle 'Anthimachia Castle' Kos, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nerantzia Castle' Kos, 15.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kalymnos Castle' Kalymnos, 20.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Palaiokastro' Mandraki, 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bodrum Castle Turkey' , 34.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Leros Castle' Leros, 42.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monastery of Saint John the Theologian' Patmos, 74.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Greece

The Greeks are very hospitable. The country has a huge number of foreigners, and they are treated in a very liberal manner. The Greek invitation is quite specific. It does not mean that you will eat together. If the Greek did not ask to be called by the first name, it’s better to use the last name. When communicating with a stranger, it is better to keep some distance. In this country, the links between generations are appreciated. Women have a great influence on the life of the family. As a rule, they are the leaders. For a man, the best meal is that his mother cooks. Husbands, although they do not admit this, often give the reins to the hands of their wives. Greece has a siesta, which is a break for a daytime nap. It usually lasts from 1pm to 4-5pm. … Open
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