Especially throughout the
summer, many festivals take place having as a center the local fairs, which maintain their
traditional character, and the local dances and songs with their traditional tone and
Characteristic dances of the area are: "patitos", "syrtos",
"tsamikos" and "synkathistos". Moreover, a very interesting element is
the dancers arrangement, with the double and even triple line of women in front of
The local fairs take place on June 29th, July 20th,
August 6th and August 15th,
lasting from one to three days.
Furthermore, from time to time, other festivals take place, like the cutting of New
Years pie, the Syrrakiotes meeting from all over Greece, the meeting of the
Vlacho-speaking village from this area, which took place for the first time in 1999,
hiking in different locations, theatrical performances, performances of the shadow
theatre, revival of local customs and other things.
Many well-known people, like the ministers of Agriculture of the European Union in
1994, prominent political figures of our country and representatives of the mass media,
often visit this traditional village and honor with their presence such well-organized
THE SYRRAKIOTES NOWADAYS
The Syrrakiotes were forced by contemporary demands to leave the village and settle in
other areas of Greece, especially of Epirus. The foundation of certain associations, with
active presence, was the result of the Syrrakiotes need for co-existence, contact
and support for the village, conservation and spreading of their local characteristics
(musical and dancing tradition, manners, customs, vlacho linguistic idiom etc.) but also
the result of the Syrrakiotes attempt to contribute to the development of the new
areas by intervening to the evolution of local communities (by giving their ideas,
suggestions and participating in their realization).
Thats how the Syrrakiotes associations of Ioannina, Preveza, Filippiada and
plain, Patras, Athens were founded as well as the newspaper Syrrakos
Echoes and the sports club Syrrakos Stavraetos (Syrrakos
Moreover, the two legal units of the community, the Cultural Center and the Folklore
museum are very active.
Concluding, it must be highlighted that we can notice a massive return of the
inhibitants to Syrrako the last years, especially during summer, reconstruction of old
houses, construction of new ones, erection of hotels, preservation of public places and
historic monuments and others things.