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FOLKLORE TREASURE OF OUR COUNTRY
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Easter is the greatest celebration of Christianity. It becomes from the Passover, which has its roots in ancient Egypt. At Easter, people, (together with the new exkron Resurrection Christ) celebrate the victory that is against the death, the resurrection of spring, the awakening nature after the winter sleepiness
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On Palm Sunday in memory of the triumphant entry import of Christ in Jerusalem, all the temples are decorated with branches of palm, from palm trees or other plants as laurel, willow, myrtle and olive. After these branches are given to.
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On Monday of Holy the Passion Week for Christ. Our Church has dedicated this day in memory of Joseph Pangalos. This Monday in Greece all the people start all preparation, at home, for the celebration of Easter. So that day, especially in villages, people paint the country yards with lime, the pots are painted red and many flowers are planted. In some areas the faithful used to eat only bread and water until Thursday of Holy Week. This morning they went to the church to have the Holy Communion.
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This Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and the Great Lent. It is dedicated by the Church in our descent of Jesus in Hades. While the body of Jesus was at the tomb, his soul descended to Hades for the dead to keep his word. Those who didnt make Buns and paint the eggs on Thursday of Holy Week, they have their last opportunity to do so.
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In Metres of Thrace, children make the effigy of Judas and they go to houses asking branches to burn Judas the next day in the Epitaph. On Good Friday procession of Epitafiou stops outside a chapel, where the fire is ready to burn Judas. The moment that the priest reads the charitable laughter light the fire light sand burns the effigy. Later they take a handful from the ashes and they drop throw in cemetery.
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Before the resurrection, in Heraklion Gkagkales all the children pick of wood and anything else can be burned and left in the courtyard of the church. On the eve of the Resurrection they form a mountain of wood at the top there is a scarecrow with a suit that is supposedly Judas and when the priest says the CHRISTOS ANESTI Christ haw Risen they put on the fire. The night becomes day of fireworks, the bell rings constantly and even the older people say that when they were younger they left three nights ringing because considered was good for the people. They used to make up even at night to go to the strike.
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Older housewives in Macedonia put the first egg in the iconostasis where there was fire only when there was rain and thunderstorm to exercise from hail and floods. In the boundaries of Macedonia, as Eleftheres, some years ago they painted the head and the back of small lambs with the paint that was used for painting the eggs. The red cloth was hung on the balcony or window, women are neither washed and hung clothes, and because it was considered a bad sign. The first eggs they painted, sent they them with bunts to their parents in laws.
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The rocket war Vrontadousiko is an old custom which has its origin of the times of Turkish occupation. Initially, residents of the parishes of Saint Mark and Panagia Ereithianis, churches that opposite, made homemade gunfire. Those became self-rockets, flares, made from nitre, sulfer and gunpowder. The preparations of the rockets begin immediately after Easter to be ready for the next year. The quantities in recent years became a few thousands and the spectacle created by the rockets launched out of the sky Vrondados evening Resurrection is spectacular. In recent years taken measures were taken to protect the viewers in order to save the custom.
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Arachova. Savage Easter in the afternoon start time includes the Image of Saint George which is accompanied about 500 people dressed in traditional costumes. The days rays takes place at the old race (steep road), which starts at the church of St. George and up the hill. Dance bands follow in the afternoon womens dance clubs dance. The events continue with kleftiko events, such as lifting the stone, etc.
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Well. This revives a tradition that becomes from the release therotikous races in 1821, the competition of mob. The contestants, with traditional costumes and armed with a shuttle, or cardboard tubes filled with gunpowder, arrow war (saitopolemo), in the court of the Messinian, with crouds of people.