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The customs of the Epiphany in Greece

  
  
  
  

Greece Travel Guide|Annual Events

Experience the traditions of Lights if you're lucky, travel to the beautiful corners of Greece, to watch from nearby.


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Experience the traditions of our country and if you're lucky, travel to the beautiful corners of Greece, to watch from nearby.

Lefkada holy oranges

The faithful gathered beside the sea and the priest throws the cross into the water, as in many parts of the country. But in Lefkada, along with the cross, the sea and throw a bunch of oranges tied together with rope. Then the blessed are oranges, hung next to the icons of the churches.

Hermione: sailors diver

Shortly before the crucifix fall into the sea, the "diver", as called the lads who are going to dive to catch the cross, wearing traditional costumes and old sailors go from house to house singing. Housewives welcomed by their greetings and traditional treats and wish them every success dip below.

Kastoria: the revived Ragoutsaria

On the day of Epiphany in Kastoria Ragoutsaria revived. Residents wear scary masks to exorcise the evil from the area and ask "pay" from passersby for the good they do in the city. Similar is the custom "rokatzaria" is revived in Drama, where people with scary masks expel evil spirits.

Halkidiki: the king and fotarades

In many villages of Halkidiki still revives the custom of Fotaradon. The "king" which is loaded with bells opens the dance and follow Fotarades, believers of nationals with wooden swords, trying to prevent anyone trying to steal a sausage that is set up in the village square

Galatista Halkidiki: the camel and the kidnapping ...

This is a custom, revived continuously since the late 19th century. Then, one love to kidnap his beloved under the eyes of the Turkish Commissioner skarfistike a unique trick. Set up a feast in the village and also made the likeness of a camel in which he hid the kidnappers and his friends entered the house, the girl stole and smuggled under the model of the camel. Today, the custom is revived with the effigy of the camel turns to the village and 6 men hiding beneath dancing and singing.

St. Baptist Halkidiki: The Fruits & Vegetables and bats

Rich in traditions of Lights, Halkidiki revives the custom of Fruits & Vegetables in Saint Prodromos. On the eve of Epiphany, some lads, the Fruits & Vegetables, carols and say instead of money, housewives give them meat and sausages. On the day of St. John, Fruits & Vegetables are dancing on the village square. When they break out of the circle dance, grab a bat and just put back in the dance, the bats fly up and whistle to mark the end of the holiday season.

Drama: The Babougera and ash

It is one of the most interesting customs, you will encounter in Drama these days. On the eve of Epiphany, women take ashes from the fireplace and spread his right hand inside the house, saying spells to leave the goblins. On the day of Epiphany and after the blessing of the waters, some residents-to-wear Babougera animal skins, stand outside the church and holding a bag (presumably full of ashes) to hit with it encountered bullies and the goblins!

Drama: the niggers and Alexander the Great

The custom of Peanut takes us back many years, when the Negroes warriors of Alexander the Great is said that the shouts were able to intimidate and persecute opponents of Indian elephants. Today, local residents, dressed in animal skins, wear bells and dance your way to ward off evil spirits and goblins. This custom is revived in many areas of Kavala.

Thessaly: rivers and splashing

In many villages in Thessaly, where there are rivers, people get the icons from the church and carry them to the river. There, in the icy waters of the river, throwing the cross and sprinkle it with the icons, which then return to church and get used to sprinkle the holy water and the fields to have a good harvest. In several villages in Thessaly, the entire image dive into the river!

Dodecanese: the diver hold their breath

In many but mainly Dodecanese Symi and Kalymnos, the "diver", ie those who dive to catch the cross, defying the cold water of the sea, holding their breath to stay as long as possible under cold water. And of course, as long as the icy plunge, the fishermen of the islands with their boats, they form a protective cordon around the diver, who are the lucky new year that has just entered.