In and island like Folegandros, where tourism is not so present like Mikonos or Santorini, you will have the oportunity of watching the original cycladic lifestyle. You will notice that the locals live in modest, small houses, but they tend to decorate it so well that it turns out as a paradise to live in! Jasmin vases, hand made curtains, colourful doors and windows, and the bright white colour of the walls prevail everywhere.
The cycladic people paint their houses very frequently and in Folegandros it won´t be difficult to find someone with a brush in their hands, especialy days before some religious orthodox festivity. I´ve heard the tradition of painting the houses in chalk was originated with the means of defending the house against the evil eye...this is probably one of the reasons, but i also think that the white colour helps to cool the ambient in the summer heat specially...
Anyway, it´s a gorgeous thing to see!
Rakomelo (from the Greek words: raki, a strong drink that is produced from fermentation of grapes and meli, honey), is the favourite local drink that you can find it or better, you will be offered everywhere on the island.Do not Leave without taste it!
You may also hear the expression "psimeni" (raki) that means: roasted.
The inhabitants of Folegandros are simple, pure and warm-hearted people who keep their traditions alive. They never miss the opportunity to live it up at the local fes- tivals where they dance the "ballos" to the sound of folk instruments.
Renowned for its beautiful customs and its splendid natural environment, Folegandros can promise tourists a wonderful Easter period full of exquisite images and flavours. The most famous Easter custom of Folegandros relates to the carrying in procession of the Virgin’s icon. It lasts for three days. The procession stops at each house of the island, even at the most remote villages. The inhabitants of the island kneel before the icon of the Virgin and then treat people to various tidbits. The locals’ doors are open to everyone. All this ritual lasts till the evening, when the icon is transferred to the castle and then to Kalderimi location, where the priest of the village of Ano Meria waits. The two priests chant together and then the icon is taken to Ano Meria.
At the church of Saint George, a Vigil Service is held and the faithful burn the candles used during the liturgy of the Resurrection. The carrying in procession of the icon of the Virgin to Ano Meria starts on Easter Monday, at around 9 o’ clock in the morning. The locals kneel before the icon of the Virgin and then treat people to various tidbits again. At sunset, the priest of Ano Meria meets the priest of the chief town of the island at Provarma and gives him the icon which is taken to the chief town of Folegandros. A Vigil Service is held here and, more specifically, at the church of Our Lady Pantanassa. On Easter Tuesday, the carrying in procession of the Virgin’s icon starts again. It passes the settlements of Petoussis and Livadi (through mountain paths) and gets to the region of Karavostasis. The fishermen receive the presence of the Virgin in their caiques and kneel before her icon. If the weather permits it, the procession goes round the bay and is followed by other caiques. Then, the people carrying the icon stay for two hours in Aghios Artemis and then take it to Pounta, its final destination. Moreover, the inhabitants of the island treat passers-by to various tidbits and raki.