Tuesday, 25 March 2014

25 Μαρτίου 2014 - Greek Independence day ...

Its Greek Independence day - Remember these words - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

25 Μαρτίου 2014 ...
Thankfully its been a few years since that phrase was last mentioned. Except when talk is of the troika. Here in Skiathos, Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece will be celebrated with a parade, on its National day ...

'On March 25, 1821,  Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation'

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.

Afterwards we went for a wander over to the Bourtzi, where the entertainment was on the stage. Many of the children in traditional dress performing dances on the stage.




Later the Ladies in Skiathos traditional costume took to the stage. It was very warm, and these ladies danced in the direct sunlight. Quite a challenge ...


I know two of the ladies, and recognise some of the others. They very kindly let me take this photo ...


Later whilst we were having lunch, some of them said hello. Its quite a transformation when they are back in normal clothes. Well done to them all ...

Tonight it was the Λαμπαδρομια - or candlelit parade from Tries Hieraches ...

Tries Hieraches ...
Gianoula starts the songs ...
Panagia Limania, where we pause ...
Try not to burn the Hymn sheet with your candle ...
Past the cake shop ...
Returning to Tries Hieraches - National Anthem ...
Last but not least Mr Apostolis, who shook me by the hand for walking round with him, and his friend ...

Mr Apostolis ...

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 the tourists miss in summer ...

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