In Crete, people celebrate all year round. The most famous celebrations are the festivals to honour the saint-protector of each village. In all the regional districts of Crete, each village celebrates its saints with music, food and traditional Cretan dancing. Most festivals take place during the summer months, culminating in mid-August when hundreds of festivals take place simultaneously across the whole island.
The roots of the modern cultural events are to be found in the festivals and celebrations that were held in the countryside of Crete on the occasion of mainly religious holidays.