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MYKONIAN WOMEN CULTURALAND FOLKLORE ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1978 by women of Mykonos, to register and propound «culture» while trying to keep up with presence by intervening in the social, political and cultural life of a place which due to tourism faces certain cultural challenges. The association, which counts about 250 members, is based in a windmill in the town of Mykonos, and has a wide range of happenings during the whole year. It is self supported by the annual subscriptions of the members only. You can contact the group on: 2289024967. Some of the permanent happenings the association organizes are:

* On New Year's Eve women sing the traditional Mykonian carols.

* On January 6th the «Balosia» (a feast that was used before merchant ships departure)

* On the last Sunday of the Carnival, they walk around the town masqueraded according to the Mykonian tradition.

* Takes part on the transfer of the holy icon of Virgin Mary the «Tourliani» from and back to Ano Mera Monastery.

* On Holy Friday the association's choir sings the «Virgin Mary's lamentation» according to the tradition.

* Organizes the celebrations on «Woman's Day»

* On June 24th revives the ancient custom of «Klidona» which is known as «fotares» or big lights.

* Takes part in all national and religious holidays.

* Publishes an annual calendar with folklore character.

* Cooperates with other unions of the island for other traditional events (like the fishermen fair, etc.).

For a few years now, the women established the «Women's Cafe». They are gathered at «Kounenis Hotel» every Sunday from 6 to 8. Till now except from the Annual Calendar, they have also published «The songs of marriage» a collection with traditional old marriage songs.

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Mykonos Island


Ιt is the cosmopolitan center of the Cyclades Complex. Its reputation has spread during the last years due to its unique landscape, its archaelogical sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent beaches.

White-washed, cube-shaped houses are scattered all over the island, narrow streets in the town, chapels and picturesque tavernas hide among art galleries and stores selling jewellery, souvenirs etc.

Trends that sweep through the international scene are born in the intense nightlife of this modern resort.

An island of tempting and tempestuous reputation such as Mykonos, with high tourism and a rather superficial lifestyle, inevitably has both fans and critics.

But even the most unsuspecting visitor immediately realizes that Mykonos is not only a crazy “bon-viveur”, but also an attractive, picturesque island with white Chora aside the crystal-clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Direct international charter flights and regular domestic flights from Athens serve frequently, during summer, the airport of Mykonos.

Because it is so famous, Mykonos gets really overcrowded during high season but for those who enjoy the crowd, great fun and all night long entertainment, Mykonos is the ideal place for holidays.

Have a wonderful time...