Mores and Customs
The topography and the products affect the diet,
mores,customs and idiosyncrasy of the people. The period of
olive harvest, wine harvest and distillation characterizes and
regulates the lives of people and shapes their habits.
The Kissamos diet is dependent on local production, local
flora ,with the famous pharmaceutical and nutritional value and the
Christian upbringing. The kitchen of Kissamos is rich in variety
and content, both in foods and sweets.The oil in the first place,
legumes, vegetables and herbs of the area.Dairy products, fresh
fish, free range meat (from sheep and goats, chickens, rabbits) ,
the pastry, the local pasta and sweets create unique flavors.
The mores and customs of the residents have strong roots
in tradition, which are expressed through lifestyle, cultural and
religious events. Syrtos dance, rizitika songs and
mantinades, violin and lute move, not only the elderly, but also
young people, who continue the tradition by creating new artistic
groups which attend the events of the area. The religious and
cultural events that take place throughout the year still maintain
the habits of the old festivals with treats from the local
people (sardines, beans, olives, cheese, boiled meat, fried
fish, etc.) to all attendees and Cretan music and dance are often
part of the festivals.