Cretan tradition is still alive

The Cretan tradition is diverse and appears in many areas of everyday life. The Cretan dialect is considered the longest surviving in Greece and has been the subject of research and study, with dozens of words having purely ancient Greek past as well as with several linguistic influences from Arabs, Venetians and Turks.

Greek dances and music first appeared in Crete , where, according to mythology the mother of the Gods Rhea, taught them to Kourites to be purged, with most famous of the Cretan dances the Pyrrhic. The Cretan dances of today, known not only in Greece but also almost everywhere in the world, are echoes of the dances of the Kourites. Some of them, that the locals dance during all their fests, are: “Pendozalis”, “Maleviziotis”, “Sousta”, etc., while schools that teach cretan dances exist, not only on the island, but throughout Greece.

Many people on the island occupy themselves with old crafts such as pottery; woodworking has its own tradition with Cretan fans of it who give to the wood of mulberry the shape of the lyre and the lute, shoemakers who make the Cretan stivania, knife producers who process steel making the Cretan knife, and women in the villages that weave at the loom making masterpieces reminiscent of the years of the Minoan era.

Crete still resists the times of change and keeps its unique tradition alive.