Every year, the feast of Ai Giannis in Evinochori (Bohori) is conducted on June 23rd and 24th, on the Eve and Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist, or else called, Ioannis Prodromos of Riganas.
The feast of Ai Giannis has its roots in the Ottoman period, and particularly in the period of “klephtes and armatoloi", the main armed forces against the oppressor. During the Turkish occupation, the chapel of Ai Giannis played a major role for the region and is connected with the Siege of Messolonghi. It was located at the foot of Arakynthos, where Ancient Calydon is today, in an area that connected Bohori with Messolonghi and the wider region.
In honor and memory of a great and historic event, a major- and with high folkloric interest- parade takes place annually in the Sacred City of Messolonghi. The Sortie of the Free Besieged on April 10th, 1826 has been written in history as an example of courage and bravery.
Every year, on the Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday, the whole nation honors the big sacrifice of the heroic Exodus of Messolonghi as the poet and academic Nikeforus Vretakos said, "Everyone from around the nation must fervently and wholeheartedly congregate around Messolonghi with faith."
The revival of the heroic sortie takes place annually in the presence of representatives from foreign states as well as prominent representatives of literature and art from both Greece and abroad.
Messolonghi proudly welcomes the political and state leadership of the country, together with the arrival of the President of the Greek Republic. At the same time, the Sacred City welcomes many visitors who come as pilgrims so as to honor the greatness of this annual “funeral”.
The festivities culminate one week before Easter, in the procession of the Holy Icon of the Exodus, from Saint Spiridon to the Garden of the Heroes, accompanied by thousands of young men and women from all over Greece. On Saturday night, after the slow- paced night parade and a memorial service, the blasting reconstruction of the hero Christos Kapsalis with the participation of the Messolonghi choir takes
The Fish Festival in Etoliko is held annually on the last Saturday of September (usually on September 28th to 30th) and is regarded as a major highlight of the treasure of the Lagoon of Messolonghi- Etoliko.
The celebration of the feast spreads throughout the island of Etoliko, where tables and chairs for the visitors have been placed by the locals, from early on. At least in three places throughout the city, grills and benches- which host the unpaid work of the organizers- have been put in order for the locals to bake fish, the specialty of the local cuisine. Visitors are then treated with fresh baked fish, accompanied by salad, olives of the region, bread and wine.
Of course, traditional dances are an integral part of the celebration of the feast. That way, the visitors can have fun and enjoy some free delicious fish dishes along with folklore dances from the locals.