Tinos Island

Customs & Festivities

Marble Sculpture: the new generation of Tinian marble sculptors create history in the art of marble.  Exo Meria in Tinos has been the starting point of a great artistic tradition based mainly on marble. The “activity” of the Tinian marble sculptors began in the end of the 18th century, in reconstruction workshops in the island and other places such as Athens, Ermoupoli and abroad. Although they did not have any academic education, the local craftsmen were committed, imaginative and capable of assimilating the artistic European currents and respond creatively to the challenges of their times.

By upgrading their technical skills and cultivating their aesthetical education, the marble sculptors in Exo Meria passed the threshold of artistic expression. In this way, a strong tradition was created which continues till today, enhanced by the operation of Pyrgos School of Fine Arts (1955).

Some of the most important new Tinian sculptures of the 20th century, are Filippos Vassilakis, Petros Dellatolas, Onoufrios Desypris, Lampros Diamantopoulos, Filippos Kagiorgis, Paris Kollaros, Yiannis Kirarinis, Petros Marmarinos, Michalis Saltamanikas and many others, have related their fame and their work with the fine Art School either of Panormos or Pyrgos.

Cuisine: An old custom on Tinos is the “pig slaughter” (chirosfagia) which takes place each autumn between October and December.  In every household this is truly a family festival when all members gather together for the slaughtering the morning and the methodical cutting into the right pieces. The meat then is treated to last for the winter. Sausages, bacon, pork rind, jellied pork and “Louza”, a type of ham, cured with herbs are produced with the help of family and friends.

Festivities: As religious is very important in the common life of Tinians, like in all islands, custom and tradition are related to religious life and habits of the people. Open festivities, called panigyria, are a typical custom that Tinians keep faithfully through the years.

The main festival is held in Chora for the Panagia on the 15th of August. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over Greece to this celebration.

On the second day of Easter the village of Ktikados organized the so called “Table of Love”. All inhabitants Orthodox and Catholic eat together.

Here under these are the most well known Religious Festivals that take place through out the year.

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