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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The traditions of Easter Sunday all over Greece

Each area of ​​Rhodes as the Corfu and Crete to Thrace celebrate Easter with her own unique way.
Easter is the biggest celebration of Christianity and as is reasonable celebrated throughout Greece in a unique way.
Previously in Macedonia housewife put her first egg on the icon, where the was making the trivet only when it rained or shone, to "exorcise" the hail and flooding. In some villages of Macedonia, such as freedom, until a few years ago to mark the head and back of the small lambs with the dye used for coloring the eggs.
As the red cloth was hung on the balcony or window, women washed clothes and spreads or because they considered it a bad sign, and the first eggs dyed sent them along with buns in-laws.
Thassos Community Limenaria maintain the ancient custom "For rain in April m", celebrated on Easter Tuesday. Bands from all over Greece dancing folk dances.
In Ierisso of Halkidiki have the custom "of black New threshing floors", celebrated on Easter Tuesday. After the memorial service and pronunciation of panegyric, the older they begin dancing. Slowly grabbed all residents and often dance has length four hundred meters. Sing and dance all the Easter songs and ending with "Kagkelefto" dance, which is the representation of slaughtering 400 Ierissos by the Turks during the revolution of 1821.
Dancing passes under laurel arch where there are two young men with upraised swords in the middle of the song folded in with the dancers spend opposite each other for a final farewell. During the celebration shared, coffee boiling in a large cauldron "zografitikos" buns and eggs.
The Avgomachies in Kastanoussa and Krinides
The custom avgomachion revived in several parts of the country, especially in northern Greece, where they settled refugees Pontic origin.
In Central Macedonia and ratchet municipality Sintiki, Serres, the "avgomachies" become the second day of Easter. The custom symbolizes the Resurrection of Christ and the conflict between good and evil.
The preparation begins in December, where bidders starting to collect the eggs after they have feed the hens their wheat, sand and marble dust to make eggs with solid shell. Basic rule of custom is to use only chicken eggs. Anyone who participates in "avgomachia" available to 30 eggs and winner is the one who has the fewest broken eggs.
The Municipal Community Krinidon the Municipality of Kavala and there the second day of Easter revive the "avgomachies." Young and old residents, with particular care are the eggs and begin a quirky battle clinking. The preparation of this festival started weeks ago with the merger of the best eggs from chickens and guinea fowl.
Also the custom with avgomachies revives and Thrylorio of Rodopi in Mafrovato and Mylopotamo Drama in Lefkadia Veria and Cold Faucet Yannitsa.
In Western Macedonia, resurrection in the cemetery of St. George make the inhabitants of Kozani. Gathered around the grave of the deceased and with the lit candle waiting for the "Christ is Risen" and do not forget leave a red egg in memory to "fed up" the lost family member.
Swings Yannitsa
On the second day of Easter Yannitsa of Pella will revive the custom "wiggle". This custom was because the "swing", that shake, that was considered "well" for health and rich harvest.
In the drama, her character is Monday after Easter in Sitagroi where there Pontian refugees who continue ancient customs of their birthplace, including visits to graves to distribute red eggs and sweets and songs, customs are clearly ancient form with metaphysical beliefs and perceptions.
Central Greece
Arachova, the day of Easter begins the procession of the image of St. George which accompany about 500 people dressed in traditional costumes. The next day a race of elders (uphill), which start from the church of St. George and reach the hill. Follow dance groups and afternoon female dance clubs. The festivities continue with kleftika events such as lifting the stone.
In Amfiklia namely Dadi created "pits" where many lambs are roasted together and offered eggs, wine, and desserts.
In Livadia, the most typical custom of the city, is the familiar "Livadia Easter" with local youth to participate in the tradition of "pit." After the Resurrection and before dawn the residents prepare to fire. One, making the cross, sets fire to the pile with the candle of the Resurrection.
Water-spraying and often hit with a long stick, the cinder is ready to baked lamb. The celebration lasts until the afternoon and completed with the participation of traditional dancing and fireworks.
In Aitoliko Easter Sunday every neighborhood is a great outdoor barbecue, where dance and song are in the lead and offered wine and traditional meze.
Kythnos, the most prestigious custom of the island is that of "Cradle". On Easter Sunday, the square of the island, on a swing, they swing in which boys and girls dressed in traditional costumes. He or she will shake someone committed before God and men for marriage.
Syros has its own special way of celebrating Easter. The two religious communities, the Orthodox and the Catholic, celebrate both days of Easter.
In Naxos on Easter table stands the traditional "batoudo" lamb stuffed with offal, vegetables, rice, eggs and cheese baked in the oven.
Ionian islands
Particularly customs in the Ionian islands, where on Easter Sunday every church brings the Resurrection with orchestras, schools, scouts and choirs.
In Patmos Easter Sunday at the Monastery of Patmos is the second resurrection when the Gospel of the Resurrection is read in seven languages ​​and distributed by the Abbot red eggs to the faithful.
Easter Sunday made the chalkounopolemos in Agrinio with impromptu fireworks. In Turkish, residents were experiencing the quality of gunpowder, which is then used against the Turks. The so-called Chalkounia gathered in the central square of the city and participated in chalkounopolemo.
The most distinctive custom is not Sunday, but Easter Monday. Imposition go ... trip. Which we call "cooking." The food of the day is the "giaprakia" from the new grape leaves and rice pudding from newborn goats. Children pour the plain and play traditional games, "jumping rope", "three and maternal belt", "shoe paliopapoutso", the "attacks" the "sklavakia" and others.
Samos in Easter burn the "Tsifout" (Jude) and follows local folk festival. Youngsters make swings in the trees and shake the girls, local escorts old songs.
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