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21/6/2006
The ritual of Beis


A custom originating from Eastern Romilia. Beis is performed with variations at the villages of Northern Evros: Rizia, Kamara, Kiprinos, Petrota, Rigio, Vrisika, Didimoticho, Kastanies, Nea Visa, Petrota. A custom for a fortunate year with Dionysian descent and Beis or Kiopek Beis or the king with his followers as the protagonist. It ends to a feigned seeding and plowing at the village?s square. Kiopek Beis: a symbol of power, forerunner of Persefoni?s coming on earth, the daughter of Dimitra. For this reason, the area Ortakii is also called Dimitria. Kiopek Beis is like a deity of fertility and happiness that notifies of the spring?s arrival.

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28/02/2007
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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10/11/2006
Kortopoula


A custom of Dodekaimeron for good fortune performed by masqueraded at Filakto, Evros, on Christmas day.

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10/11/2006
Cock sacrifices at St.Dimitrios celebration


Inhabitants of the Didimoticho area sacrifice roosters for the St. Dimitrios on the day of his celebration, on the 26th of October. This sacrifice takes place at the little chapel devoted to the saint at the Kale hill, Didimoticho.

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11/11/2006
Babousiaros


A custom of Dodekaimeron with Babousiaros and his company as the protagonists. It is performed at Rigio, Evros, on the second day after Christmas. The custom was performed with varitions at Petrades, Sofiko, Pithio and Chimonio.

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12/11/2006
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 village?s clerical, cooked at the church?s yard and offered to the ones attending.

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12/11/2006
Folk rituals of Vagia (bay leaves)


A custom on Vagia Sunday, when a team of girls makes and carries about a doll, the Vagia.

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28/02/2007
St. George?s kourban


Every year, on the 23rd of April, people worship with kourbans (animals? sacrifices) St. George in the villages of Macedonia and Thrace, especially in Lira, Evros.

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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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3/12/2006
Tsipouro (traditional drink with alcohol) celebration at Soufli


A few days in the middle of November are devoted in the celebration of tsipouro (traditional drink with alcohol) since the town has a strong tradition on making it.

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