The island was adorated by Zeus Poliefs, Athina Polias and Pythios Apollonas
Because of touristic development, only a few traditional elements have been preserved on the island. The traditional suit of clothes for men is composed of a head covering, called "sokardi" or "geleki", a girdle, breeches, socks, leather shoes and the usual underwear. For women, the equivalent suit of clothes consists of underwear, a "karkali", a "sopinamiko brouzitsenio", a "sokardi", a "kontogouni", a silk skirt, a shawl to cover the shoulders, or, in winter, a short wrap called "boksadaki". On their heads, the women wear a peculiar kerchief known as "Venetian cover". Ios organises a number of public festivals. Best known are those of the 24th of June (Pirgos), the 24th of August (Gullies, Vardoumi), the 29th of August (Psathi, Kalamos), and of the 8th of September (St. Theodoti, Paliokastro). These festivals are not just religious ceremonies, but occasions to enjoy local specialities, traditional music and dances.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.
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