Twice a year the Zakynthian people hold celebrations to honor the Patron Saint of the Island of Zante, Saint Dionisios.
The summer celebration is the biggest, taking place on the 24th of August every year.
Leading up to the big day, a large outdoor bizarre is set up at the bottom of Zante town, close to St. Dionisios Church. You will find everything for sale in here, from kitchen utensils to clothing, and at very good prices.
On the afternoon of St.Dionisios day is the main parade. The body of the Saint, in a gold and glass casket, is walked through the streets, accompanied by a procession of priests, soldiers and politicians. People travel from far and wide to attend this procession, many sick people lie on the road and let the casket pass over them – believing the Saint to be capable of performing miracles.
Afterwards, Zante town is always buzzing with people – being the peak of the summer months, filled with Greeks and foreign tourists. There is always a fantastic fireworks display to mark the end of this important religious day.