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14/3/2006
Klidonas or Kalogiania (augury)


A custom preserved by Sarakatsani of Rodopis Prefecture. It is performed at their traditional settlement in Porto Lagos (borders of Rodopis Prefecture with Xanthis Prefecture) on the 24th of June, coinciding with the celebration of St. John Klidonas.

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15/3/2005
Tzamala


A Custom located in Eastern Thrace. It is performed every year at the end of October at Nea Adriani of Rodopis Prefecture. A ritual and rural custom for good fortune connected with seeding and realized through dramatized action. It is performed with varations at Stavroupolis, Xanthi, during carnival. This custom was long before performed with varations at Vrisika, Evros.

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2/10/2006
Folk ritual of stealing


Custom of Eastern Thrace, Malgara region, performed on the 26th of February, on the eve of St .Theodori celebration, at the villages: Pamforo, Egiros and Roditis. Young men of the village grouped in small teams run to the yards of the girls houses at 12 midnight. These girls are old enough for marriage. The young men steal tools, carts, carriages etc. and place them at the villages central square where they are found by the parents of the girls during the next day.

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21/6/2006
The celebration of St. Trifonas


The celebration of St. Trifonas who is the patron saint of winery, is a custom originating from Eastern Romilia and performed on the 1st of February at Mesouni, Rodopi, and Dikea, Evros.

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22/6/2006
Piperouga


A kind of litany for inviting rainfall. It was performed in variations at many Christian Orthodox and Muslim villages of Dramas and Rodopis prefecture. The names of it are Perperitsa, Perperouga, Perpeloutka, Perperouna or Doudoula. Nowadays it is performed at Nea Adriani by the Cultural club of women.

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22/6/2006
Ritual of the first day of March


It is also called the custom of fire. People light up fires, bake lalagites (pancakes), wear the martis (a red and white bracelet) and celebrate the arrival of spring. It is also performed in variations by the Cultural club of women at Mesi, Paradimi and Pamforo.

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22/6/2006
he custom of fire / Ritual of the first day of March


It is also called the custom of fire. People light up fires, bake lalagites (pancakes), wear the martis (a red and white bracelet) and celebrate the arrival of spring. It is also performed in variations by the Cultural club of women at Mesi, Paradimi and Pamforo.

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22/6/2006
Deve (camel)


A male company performs the bridal parts. A man dresses as a bride, another one as a groom and the rest as relatives of the couple. The company visits the houses of the village or Machala (neighborhood) and they perform parts of the wedding ritual. In the end they accept money offers. Late at night a ghlendi begins.

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14/2/2006
Babo


A celebration of fertility and for a fortunate new year performed only by women. It is devoted to Babo, the midwife of the village, at the beginnings of the new year, on the 8th of January, and coincides with the period of the Dodekaimeron, a carnival period for Northern Greece leading to masquerades and loosness accepted by the local community as actions for a happy and fortunate year. . It is performed at Rodopi: Xilagani, Proskinites, Strimi, Dioni, Krovili, Sapes, Imeros, Fanari, Roditis. In Xanthis prefecture: Nea Kesani, Magana. Dramas prefecture: Kali Vrisi and Volakas. Minor alterations in Rodopi: Xilagani, Proskinites, Strimi, Dioni, Krovili, Sapes, Imeros, Fanari, Roditis. Xanthis Prefecture: Nea Kesani, Magana. Dramas Prefecture: Kali Vrisi and Volakas.

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28/02/2007
Momogeri / Momogeria


Popular, satirical ritual with pre theatrical form. It is performed by Pontians with variations at the prefecture of Drama (Platania and Sitagri) and Rodopi (Thrilorio). The revival is performed at the houses yards and the squares during the Dodekaimeron (between the 17th of December and the 1st of January). The main protagonist is Momogeros or Kiti Gotsas with his company: the bride and the groom, Ali (a man on a horse), the father and the doctor, the musician, the best man, the ranger, two little devils, the pregnant woman and their company.

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6/10/2006
Sapes carnival


Carnival parades, floats and masquerades on the last Sunday of Carnival.

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28/02/2007
St. Athanasios kourban


A kourban on the day of the celebration of St. Athanasios, the 2nd of May, is performed in honor of the saint in villages like Strimi, Rodopi and Dadia, Evros. A calf is butchered and eylogized by the villages clerical, cooked at the churchs yard and offered to the ones attending.

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3/11/2006
HEDERLEZ


Ancient fertility fest for welcoming spring, performed by the Pomaks and Roma on the 6th of May. We also find variations of this fest in all the villages of the mountainous area of Thrace and also in Anahoma and Alana Kougiou, Komotini.

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20/10/2006
Sagia


On the 5th of January, the eve of Epiphany, the inhabitants of Askites, Rodopi, light a big fire, dance and sing around it.

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2/11/2006
Panigiri (fest) of Pali at Chilia (yayla celebration)


Wrestlers from Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria wrestle for three days. Thousands of visitors at mountainous area of Chilia, Rodopi, at the beginnings of August (the three day fest is not organized every year in the same date).

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2/11/2006
The wrestling fest(panigiri) in Alan Tepe


Lots of people gother at the area of Alan Tepe of mountainous Rodopi every year in the end of August in order to watch the three day wrestling.

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3/12/2006
The first of August fire


While dancing and drinking they light fires at the Maronia village on the 2st of August.

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28/02/2007
St. Athanasios kourban


A kourban on the day of the celebration of St. Athanasios, the 2nd of May, is performed in honor of the saint in villages like Strimi, Rodopi and Dadia, Evros. A calf is butchered and eylogized by the villages clerical, cooked at the churchs yard and offered to the ones attending.

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3/12/2006
Chelidonismata


A custom for welcoming spring. A team of young girls and boys holding wreaths go on the 1st of March from one house to another singing the song of the swallow.

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3/12/2006
Lazarines


A custom performed on the Saturday of Lazaros [before the Vagia Sunday in Easter time Vagia means bay leaves]. A team of girls is wandering from house to house singing the Lazaros carols.

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12/12/2006
Vagia carols


Pontian custom of the Vagia Sunday at Thrilorio.

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14/12/2006
Pontian burial custom


A special Pontian custom of Thrilorio on the day of Holy Spirits celebration.

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15/12/2006
Hanging of the egg and the dance with the brush


The Cultural club of women of Strimi (Prefecture of Rodopi) is creating a ghlendi in the last Sunday of Carnival, where women revive the traditional custom of dancing with the brush that has a satirical and recreational character. They also entertain themselves with the custom of the hanging egg. According to this custom, women are sitting in a circle with their hands tied up, trying to grab a boiled egg with their mouth. The egg is hung with a thread which is fixed at a long piece of wood.

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