Monday, 25 March 2013

25η ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ - Independence Day Parade ...

Greek Independence day - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

Its been a few years since that phrase was last mentioned. Here in Skiathos Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece was celebrated with a parade.

The cafes and tavernas were full early as the townsfolk lined the parade route. Traditional music played over the loudspeakers, to put everyone in the right mood for the parade. Flags to the ready, and off we go ...

Here the ladies in traditional Skiathiti dress, pass by the Mayor, Pappa Giorgos and assembled dignitaries on the paralia.



Then its the turn of the Children, whom the parade is really about. The flag bearer and the 1st Boy and Girl being the best in their year ...






Then the scouts take their turn, to receive the applause of the islanders ...



Then after that parade, greetings from friends, invitations for coffee, tsipourakia, and passing the time of day.

Tonight there will be a candlelit procession through town to Tries Hieraches church ...

For me, this is what living in Skiathos is all about. The traditions and the time spent, enjoying the way of life on the island. Something that is missing in summer ...

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4 comments:

  1. wonderful photos,got goosebumps!! Many years ago we were in Crete for No day (28th Oct) and the parade there was wonderful also . The Greeks are very proud of their traditions and so they should be.
    I promise not to mither you every time you put
    photos up!!!!
    Kind regards
    Marion

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  2. Hi Marion
    You can always send me a message, Its nice to have feedback. Good on you experiencing something different and out of season.
    Now you see why I say Skiathos is all year round, not just when the tourists are here.
    The people on the photos are from Skiathos ...

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  3. "For me, this is what living in Skiathos is all about. The traditions and the time spent, enjoying the way of life on the island. Something that is missing in summer ..."

    We couldn't agree more with that Ioannis. This is the true magic in island life... Once people introduce in it, they are addicted. The power of simplicity is incredible.

    Besides that, this is a marvelous photo article about Independence Day celebration in Skiathos. Greeks need their pride now more than ever. It's all about freedom.

    But I'm pretty sure, you already know, that freedom and island life go together.

    Best regards from DestinationSkiathos team.

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    1. Destination Skiathos team

      We are very lucky to be able to share your traditions here on the island, after all these are the people of Skiathos who are invisible to our tourist friends in summer.
      I have tried to share these celebrations over the years, Pasca, The epitaphos, 1000 candles burning bright on the paralia at 4am, The flame at Tries Hieraches on Pasca night, the Horse race, the Panagia Kounistra.
      Some people have enjoyed the photos enough to come and share them in real life - True friends of the island ...
      Our tourist friends do not know what they are missing.

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