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

Patmos Island, Greece The Greeks are a very hospitable people, and the vacation on Patmos will appeal to all those who enjoy life. After all, where else can you be so distracted from work as where almost no one ever works? Of course, this is a bit exaggerated but in general, the locals cannot be called workaholics. A typical day for an islander from Patmos goes something like this: in the morning he puts himself in order, necessarily drinks a cup of coffee, goes to work – and works until about 1 or 2 p.m. After that – a legitimate siesta until 4.30 or 5 p.m., and at nine it is already a time of fiesta, festivities in taverns, and a leisurely dinner with the family.
Patmos is known throughout the world as the "Island of the Apocalypse". It was here, as the legends say, where in one of the caves in the first century of our era John the Theologian … Open
This is also beside the fact that there are a lot of state holiday days off. Not too busy schedule, is it? In many respects it is connected with the Greek mentality – here it is simply not acceptable to put a lot of efforts into earning money. And in general, the local residents have a peculiar attitude to the wealth – it is normal to spend a couple of thousand euros on a generous festivities but no one will brag about the latest model of i-phone or a prestigious off-road car. The most important thing for a Greek is to enjoy life. If money does not bring it, then why waste extra effort and time to get it?
The locals are quite sincere and emotional people. On Patmos, more than once you will see the Greeks, passionately arguing about something on high tones and actively gesticulating. And this is not a signal of an early fight – here, in principle, it's common to express your feelings roughly. By the way, if you get acquainted with a local resident, you should call him by his last name until he asks you to call him by his first name. The handshake here is appropriate only at the first acquaintance, in the future it is accepted to greet with kisses on both cheeks. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
On Patmos, there is something to do besides visiting historical and architectural monuments. For example, you can rent a boat and go on a short excursion along the coastline for the sake of … Open
The The Greeks are great patriots of their country, although they like to criticize the government and the politicians. Never agree with such criticism: if a local resident hears from you the confirmation of his own words, he will probably be offended. Greece can be scolded only by the Greeks. If you want to ear someone’s sympathy, then you should praise the country, the island, the local attractions, and remember the common historical path of Greece and the country you came from. Do it sincerely. If you are a girl, then rest assured that local men will not bypass you with attention – here it is customary to admire women's beauty.
Most locals are friendly to tourists and are always ready to help. By the way, keep in mind that here the norms of politeness assume the need to welcome everyone, entering any institution – whether it's a bank, a shop or a tavern. For the Greeks, the notion of honor is still important. The deception or betrayal of friends and relatives is unacceptable. Most locals are very decent and do not try to deceive travelers. For example, here in many taverns, there is a principle of " tomorrow payment", when you can pay for today's order the next day. Often, this can also be implied to the tourists.
Skala is the busiest and the noisiest place on the island; there are always a lot of people and a lively atmosphere. There are attractive taverns and bars on its sandy well-equipped beach. … Open
The Greeks are very religious. Most of them profess Christianity on the Orthodox pattern. Christmas, Baptism, Easter, the Assumption of the Virgin and, of course, the day of St. John the Divine are celebrated on Patmos with the greatest scope. The latter is celebrated in May with the procession and festive divine services. There is also the Festival of Religious Music, and the International Documentary Film Festival, and the Folk Dance Festival, and the Carnival. The Independence Day and Okha Day are also accompanied by the large-scale celebrations.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Patmos Island
♥   Castle 'Monastery of Saint John the Theologian' Patmos, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Leros Castle' Leros, 34.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kalymnos Castle' Kalymnos, 55.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Anthimachia Castle' Kos, 77.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Greece

The Greeks are very temperamental and emotional people. During a conversation, they often communicate in a high tone and actively gesture and touch each other. Ordinary gestures can take on new meanings. For example, a spread palm, if sharply directed towards a person, can be regarded as a gross insult. At a meeting, friends kiss each other on both cheeks irrespective of sex or age. Handshakes are usually used only when meeting. A nod, which is the traditional consent sign, means denial in Greece. To emphasize their disagreement the Greeks quickly nod from the bottom up and usually click their tongue. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Patmos Island

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Patmos Island. Learn the best periods to visit Patmos Island to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Patmos Island.
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