Cretan Tradition

In spite the fact that the large, urban centres of the Crete inevitably lead the pace of a modern, technocratic and cosmopolitan way of life, they still preserve those elements which constitute the cultural physiognomy of Cretan folk traditions.

The holidays and the festivals, the daily activities and the rich artistic production in traditional sectors of creation are what bond the modern Cretan with the past and his heritage.

The majority of the inhabitants of Crete, particularly those who live in towns and in villages of the inland, upholds customs and traditions.

In the countryside and mainly in the semi mountainous and mountainous villages one will encounter even in our day and age many old Cretan men wearing the traditional costume (stivania [special boots], kilotes [special trousers], black men's shirts and the fringed head kerchief).