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14/3/2006
Klidonas or Kalogiania (augury)


A custom preserved by Sarakatsani of Rodopi?s Prefecture. It is performed at their traditional settlement in Porto Lagos (borders of Rodopi?s Prefecture with Xanthi?s 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 Rodopi?s 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 village?s 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 Drama?s and Rodopi?s 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
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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 Xanthi?s prefecture: Nea Kesani, Magana. Drama?s prefecture: Kali Vrisi and Volakas. Minor alterations in Rodopi: Xilagani, Proskinites, Strimi, Dioni, Krovili, Sapes, Imeros, Fanari, Roditis. Xanthi?s Prefecture: Nea Kesani, Magana. Drama?s 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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