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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 village?s clerical, cooked at the church?s 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 village?s clerical, cooked at the church?s 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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