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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 

  • NATURE

     

    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

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    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

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    The only sure thing is that you 're not gonna regret choosing West Macedonia as your destination place for your vacations whatever the type of tourist you are. West Macedonia provides you with a variety of accommodations regardless of you staying to a far tiny village or a big city. Easily, find hotels based your needs across the four countys.

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Kozani

Customs-Festivals of Kozani

Α series of festivals that are now established without custom reason and is one of the more prevelant now is the Lentil Festival in August in Bronti , the Tsipouro Festival in late October in Morfi , the wine festival in August in Siatista , early September in Pelican , in early October in Agiasma , the mushroom festival and Baji in early July in Zwni , Tsigaridas festival in Molocha and PigJoy in Avgerinos , conducted in the christmas period . 

Chestnut Celebration

With successfully success are organized in recent years in early November the Chestnut celebration in Damaskinia and Pentalofo where the famous sweet chestnuts in Voio have a field day and the whole mountain is clothed in gorgeous autumnal colours.The turnout is massive , chestnuts delicious , the wine plentful ,while not missing the traditional dances.Also in Pentalofo and Bitho honored for 200 years every Clean Monday with the custom of Ballon flight accompanied by plenty of meatless.
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The Fanos

fanoi2"Fanos" and the parade of "Carnavalos" , the Carnival in Kozani.It is a celebration and a jamboree around the altar of festive Carnival pyre with feasting and wine drinking ,singing , dancing and indiscretion without limits.It comes from the word seems to mean look from afar.A child ancient customs with worship and magical character who managed to survive through time changingt  integument and keeping its essence.Many confuse the "Fanos" with the Carnavalos and Carnival , but there is no relationship between them.Carnival in different cities of Greece is a true copy of the Carnival of Venice and other European cities.Fanos is something completely original and idiosyncratic.It requires preparation and organization, which rallies the neighborhood and leads to warm and valuable relationships, Particulary in times of isolation like today.It is open to all based on participation.Not suitable for cold observation .The peculiarity and the glory culminates Sunday of Great Carnival , when switched on the lamps in neighborhoods and around singing and dancing the dancers.So shows the picture reminiscent of similar martial celebrations of ancient Greece and to the point indeed to claim that the current ruthless dance lamp is the sequel to pyrrhic dance of the ancient Greeks.Fanos illuminates 8 pm the night of the  big Carnival , and immediately starts singing and dancing around him.   

Kite-Flying 

The flying "balloon" in Clean Monday in Pentalofo.In the last feast of Saint Demetrius, where all the representatives and protagonists of Fana and parade accompanied by brass instrumental mainly.There are awarded accolades and awards for the best Fano , the most caustic song , the best chariot in the parade. There all toghether give the promise for next year.

The contest kite -flying in clean Monday in High bridge of Sevia , with the traditional bean soup ,pickles , olives , the laganas and the all-day feast..

The Lazarines 

lazarines aianis"Lazarines" on the eve and day of Lazarus in the central square of villages of Tsartsiampa especially in Aeani.

Dance of Roka

The "Dance of Roka" the third day of Easter in Galatini.From the most famous customs of Galatini and Pelican symbolizes the farewell of men before leaving to work as masons in foreign faraway places.

The horsemen of Siatista 

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The "Horsemen of Siatista" ,after spending the night of the Assumption in the monastery of Mary Virgin of Mikrokastro, come the day of the virgin in Siatista with decorated horses and dancing all day with friends and aquintances in the squares. 

 

Kladaries

"Kladaries" : On December 23 in SIatista celebrates the "Kolianta".Large bonfires are light up thoughout the city and create a unique spectate.

Boumpousaria

Also in Siatista 5 and January 6 and Galatini Christmas local carnivals , the Boumpousaria where masked people dancingin the streets to welcome you to the new year and to exorcise the evil.In Eratyra the custom celebrated with a parade of the carnival on the second day of the year. 

Maogeroi (Momogeroi)

The Maogeroi or Momogeroi is a custom stolyline through the Pontic tradition and takes place during the twelve days , ie from the second day of Christmas to Epiphany in Komnina the Municipality of Vermion.The custom of Mamoeroi or Momogeron comes from the period of Turkish occupation when disguised rebels descended to the villages to collect and disseminate information.The climax was the ritual dance of Momogeron  a, allegory which increased the morale of the compatriots but also preparing for the uprising without realizing this the Turks , who also participated in the events without understaning what was happening.

Feast of the mountain 

The mountain feast is an alternative manifestation of Polykastrou , simple and true and there is that support all its beauty.For two days in early August almost all the villages go up to the plateau of Paliokriminiou camping there , hike , treat local meat and goat strew, gather tea and cooled at crystal springs. 

Parcharia

The Parcharia (pontiac feast with traditional food , wine and dancing) the Municipal district Komninon of the Municipality of Vermion the last Sunday of July in ST.Dimitrius , in the Municipal District Hellespont the Holy Spirit.The roots of custom "Pacharia lost in the long Pontic tradition.It is the celebration made for the reception of the shepherds from the mountain pastures where lived during the summer.The reception is made by their wives , the "Parcharomanes" in the mountain village "Pacharia" , at an altitude of 1100 meters , in lush meadows in pine forests.From this location there is a road leading to the ski resort Seli of Veria.

Niaimeros (Bazzars) 

 NIaimeros Kozani , trade fairs (bazzars) of St. Mairina in Tsotili on 17 July and Niaimerou from Servia continues in Kozani, on the first Tuesday of October and ends in Ptolemaida , in mid-October.The historical value of the trade festivals dates back to the ottoman era, it was fairs of Larissa , of Tirnavos ,Elassona ans Servia .After Kozani festivals continued in Ptolemaida, Amyntaio.The form of which was nearly accomodating winter , because as we know the region of Western Macedonia "had" at least fierce winters.There is no exact definition for the chronological begining of the trade fair , some written information about the place 17th century - early 18th.

Memory events 

Feast of the Dragon in Pelican late Julyi it represents the harvest  , as indicated in a local legend.. 

The En chonais of the Archangel Michael , a rare feast of Orthodoxy , is revived every year on September 6 , at the church of the Archangels in Peristera.

The Tranos Dance of the Assumption in Namata : A ritual that emodies the memories of the place and the beliefs of Vlach tribe. 

The Big Dance and the encounter of every Bithinon on August 13 , the central square (marble) of Bithos on November , 21 the central church celebrates , the Virgin Mary .On this day the locals make Patsoto -recipe fluvial fish .

"Deposition of the Crusified" in a nearby hill village of Dryovounou Municipality Voio, takes place every year on Good Friday .

"Liberation Siatistas" on November 4

Events in memory of Pontian (19th May) from Black Pontian Club Voios and Cultural Association Molochas and a weekend Dancing Festival in late July 

Annual Memorial for the fallen in the battle of Macedonian struggle in the battle of Osnitsanis May in Damaskinia

In Neapoli every summer celebrates the Whit Monday  , also and the Cultural August  with many cultural events.

Folk Festival in Metamorofi Swthros in Dryobouno on 5 and 6 August.The same day bustles with people and St.Swtira

The church of Saints Constantine and Helen in Trapezitsa , celebrated every year on May 21st for the events arrange the Cultural Association 

Morfi celebrates on August 15 ,with a Festive Feast.

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