New Year’s ship’s event
Every year, on the 1st of January the traditional event with the fest of ships’ models takes place in the central square of Chios (Vounaki square). The event began in the honor for the Greek victories in naval battles during the Balkan wars, from the residents of Chios, Psarra and Minor Asia. Several teams from different neighborhoods of the city get prepared for this day, starting in the June, by hand making merchant vessels or battleships from 0.5 m to 2 meters long. Every team presents its ship’s model, that has a given name by the team and then with the accompany of a trabouka (local musical instrument) or sometimes other musical instruments they sing carols which are wishes for the New Year and many times they satirize local political acts. In the end the best team with the best model is awarded with money and afterwards they wander their ship through the neighborhoods of Chios singing carols. Each year, even more teams participate, for which the more important thing is not only the award, and the attending and maintaining this traditional event.