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Oil wrestling festival

  
  
  
  

Greece Travel Guide|Annual Events

oil wrestling, a custom dating from the 14th century both the (Turkish) Eastern Thrace and the (Greek) Western Thrace, from one year to the list of monuments of world intangible cultural heritage prepared by the UN organization Nations Educational,


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Ατ the mountainous county of Evros and Rodopi Kizilmpasides Pomaks live, stockbreeding populations isolated about 2,000 people, whose ethnic origins are lost in the mists of time. Some researchers say they found in prehistoric times, that are indigenous Thracians, and that is the first Orphic, other Slavic roots, some that are Bektashi from Ionia. Themselves, without the written language, immersed in the mystical religious beliefs are bound by a vow of silence.

They constitute a unique Europe-wide phenomenon, having been incorporated in a primitive system of values ​​and beliefs Christian and Muslim beliefs about life, creation and man.

One of the priorities set both of their daily life and religious beliefs is the position of stars and their relationship with the Moon and the Sun.

One of the most popular celebrations is the celebration of "Chilgia" taking place in early August each year. In this popular event are racing and wrestling men.

After all, until a few decades ago the Greco-Roman wrestling matches were an integral part of every major folk festival in Thrace. Today a few points made while retaining the main characteristics.

The festival is on a date perhaps in antiquity was a period of worship to the Sun. Later identified with the Christian holy Elias, Ili Muslim and later to a local saint.

May over the centuries the festival to change the recipient, but the timing of realization remains constant.

In place of Orpheus was originally the Sun celebration after Elijah, followed by the Ili and the position now called Chilgia. An interesting homonymous.

If added to this and other features of the celebration, we would say that is an expression of worship to the struggle of cosmic forces, in light of the sun, with the winner once a strength and sometimes the other, sometimes good and sometimes bad.
But always with the fairest result.

And nowadays it is this process is preserved in Thrace, with Pehlivanos, that wrestlers are coated with oil and struggling under the sound of tabor and zournas playing the so-called end of the Palaestra!

This ancient Greek custom still exists and has spread to neighboring nations such as the Bulgarians and the Turks of the region's northern and eastern Thrace.