Thasso's Morals & Customs

Old roof style, Kazaviti Village

Morals and Customs of Thassos

Thassian Wedding

This custom, is a representation of the traditional Thassian wedding in the local clothing. Every year at 17th of August, the Thassian Wedding is organized by the Cultural Group “Hatzigiorgis” at the village of Theologos. A couple of days earlier, there is representations of other customs which are related with the Thassian Wedding. These are the “Plisimo prikas” – the cleaning and washing of the bride’s dowry – which the friends of the bride are doing, usually two days before the wedding. On the wedding day, the young girls sing to the bride local songs and offer to the guests saragli and tsipouro.

In another house, the groom is preparing for the wedding. His friends help him wear his costume, and then they dance until the best man gets to the groom’s house. Then they march to the bride’s house, and when they reach it, the bride’s friends lock the door. Then they ask the groom to give a kind of gift to them, in order to unlock the door and give him his bride! After that, they all start to walk to a big field inside the village (they use it for this representation), where the wedding will take place. The guests then start offering gifts and money to the couple. The mother of the bride offers them –using the same spoon-homemade walnut sweet, symbolizing the start of their common life from now on. After the wedding there is a big celebration with singing and dancing where everybody is welcome to join!

Greek Bean Soup Fiesta

This custom takes place around 12 of September and it is organized by the Cultural Group of Maries, “Genna”. At the church’s yard, there are two large cauldrons where the bean soup is made and then served to the guests. This food is very tasty and its smell surrounds all the area! There is also lots of wine, singing and dancing. This fiesta starts at noon and lasts until the  next morning!

Sardine’s Festival

Sardine’s Festival takes place at the village of Kallirachi and it's organized by the locals. Every year, around 25th of July, and in cooperation with the local fishermen, they offer roast sardines and wine to all the guests. There is also a lot of singing and dancing under the sound of traditional music from local bands. This custom started a long time ago from the fishermen, and it took place after the celebration of St. Paraskeui, so they would have good catches in their nets.

August Fire Jump

This popular custom takes place at Theologos, at Limenaria and at Potamia, at 31 of July. The locals of each village, set up three large fires in a row. Then they start to run and jump over them singing a local poem. Around these fires the locals set a table with food and wine for everyone. All tourists are welcome of course to participate in this custom and jump over the fires if they want! This custom is held to dissipate the evil spirits, and to help the ones who jump, to have good health for all the year. At the end of the fiesta, they leave the fires to extinguish and then spread their ashes over the fig trees so the figs will be strong and won’t fall on the ground.

Easter

Many customs take place during Easter season.

Every year, on the second day of Easter, at Theologos the locals are marching from a small church to the Monastery of Michael Archangel on foot, escorting a part of Timios Ilos (Holy Wood, a part of the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified).  There, at the monastery they stay for one night and the next day they return it again at Theologos.

Another Easter custom is the famous “April Rain” which takes place at the village Kalivia of Limenaria, the third day of Easter. According to the tradition the Thassians are begging god for rain so their veins won’t get dry and they have a nice and large production both in grapes and in wine. There is food, sweets and wine served to all the guests and there are many traditional dances as well.

Saint Athanasios

The area of Kastro is located in the department of Limenaria. Every year on the 18th of January there is a fiesta to honor Saint Athanasios. Many people move to Kastro during this week especially the ones from Limenaria. All the houses which are built with the traditional way are full of joy singing, dancing, and laughter. At the main square, you can find the Church of Saint Athanasios and after the preaching of 17th January there is a fiesta with homemade pies and wine served to all the guests.

Carnival

Every year in Thassos, for the revival of god Dioniso’s festivals, many carnival fiestas are organized in almost every village. Theologos, Limenaria, Maries, Rachoni, Panagia and Potamia have the most famous fiestas.

These fiestas peak at the weekend before Kathara Deutera (Green Monday). The celebration starts on Tsiknopempti (Thursday – they call it Tsiknopempti because people use to eat roast meat, sausages, steaks, chops and other kinds of roast meat) with lots of food, drink and dancing. Most of people are dressed up in carnival uniforms and celebrate at tavernas or at the main squares.

On Green Monday there are festivals all over the island.

At Theologos there is revival of a traditional festival with bagpipes and laternas. There is also a competition for the best kite.

At Limenaria, at the beach road, at noon of Clear Monday there is a parade of carnival groups witch have a satiric theme of the political situation. After the parade there is a big fiesta with live greek music until the nightfall!

At the village of Maries, on Green Monday at noon, there is also a carnival parade with groups that make fun of the most important event of the previous year. After the parade there is a big festival with lots of free souvlakia and wine.

At Limenas, there is also a festival which starts at noon. It has many kinds of sea food served to the guests, lots of wine, and live greek music.

At Panagia, the parade starts at 14:00 and it consists of carnival groups in vehicles and also pedestrians all dressed up in their suits. After the parade, there is a big fiesta where guests and participants celebrate all together.

At Rachoni, on Green Monday afternoon, there is the last celebration for the Carnival. There is a parade and after that, the locals burn the King of the Carnival, which is usually a satiric statue, and dance around the fire.

The festival of Holy Mary

At the village of Panagia, during 15th of August, there is the celebration of the village’s church. The village was named after Holy Mary (Panagia = Holy Mary) thus the locals are organizing a big festival to honor her. After the march of the Holy Icon around the streets of the village, which the Municipal Band of Thassos escorts, there is a big table at the yard of the church with lots of food (potatoes, rice, beef, and stew) and wine for every guest. There is also lots of singing and dancing.

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