The festival entirely dedicated to the volcano eruption that changed the landscape of Santorini forever in the mid-second millennium BCE.
Each September in Santorini takes place a very particular event – IFESTIA, the celebration of the volcano!
The Ifestia Festival happens during one day and consist of a serie of artistic events dedicated to the mighty volcano from the middle of caldera, whose major highlight is a re-enactment representation of the famous Minoan Eruption (or the Thera Eruption) that took place around 1600 BC. The magnitude and the impact of this volcanic eruption affected many civilisations along Europe, especially the Minoan Civilisation and changed forever the course of european history, so it’s no wonder the fame this festival has.
In order to enjoy this unique event, the municipality of Santorini organises every year in late September a realistical representation by recreating the former eruption - with pyroclastic effects and lights show, fireworks and sounds - as part of a festival.
The word "vedema" is Italian and stands for the harvest and the harvesting season on the island. On the celebration day of Aghios (St) Averkios, on the 22th of October, barrels are opened and wines are tasted. Festivities with songs and dances follow.
Greek Easter in Santorini. If you wish to participate in a unique traditional celebration then in Pyrgos village in Santorini you will find the most impressive Good Friday procession in Greece.