Feast of Panagia Katonisiotissa
On August 15, the island celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. A divine service is held in the Holy Church of Panagia Katonisiotissa in Kato Nissi, followed by a festival with the participation of all citizens. The service lasts all night long and at the same time, young boys and girls head to the beach of Panagia, light up fires, dance and sing until the morning. The festival includes traditional dances by the Elafonisos Women's Dance Team and other dancing groups. The festival is very popular and attracts people from Mani and the island of Kythira as well.