Carnival

The period of Carnival precedes Lent. The date of the movable feast of Easter each year is the one that determines the dates of the start and finish of feasts and rites which delimit these two periods.

The Carnival, unlike Lent, is a time of joyous moral freedom or relaxation, during which the rules of decent life are temporarily suspended. The world ‘turns upside down’ and reigns oblivion on everyday life: the taboos and prohibitions are cast aside and all deviations are allowed. The binge and some degree of release of morals are key cheer events in the days of carnival. The use of sexual and erotic symbols is often combined with traditional folk events of that period.

The celebrations of Carnival associated with the cycle of the seasons: people celebrate the spring for the light being reborn, for the end of winter, who was holding the light captured. The costumes and use of masks are integral elements of the carnival, as well as the procession of a dummy in the streets, followed by its killing by drowning, hanging or incineration. The manikin is usually a ridiculous ‘little man’ who call Carnival King made of old clothes stuffed with straw, into which are placed sometimes firecrackers or other fireworks.

In its traditional forms, during carnival celebration a customary symbolic funeral of the Carnival (impersonated by someone in disguise) takes place, meaning the end of the carefree period and the beginning of Lent.

The Carnival of Skyros have their roots in Greek mythology retaining many elements of the primordial carnival.

The rough outdoor theatrical performances and recitations of satiric verses are events with special color we refer to Satire, the god Saturn and Pan. The traditional events of masqueraders. The most interesting forms is the Old Man, the Korela, the Frank should be emphasized.

The “Old Man”, is a leading group. He wears a hairy black, goat like cape, on his back, 50-80 goat bells hung on his waist and face mask made of a small goat’s skin.

From the waist down wears shepherds over pants, the wool socks and the traditional “trochadia”. He holds in his hand the shepherd’s stick and walks in a way so that the bells can produce powerful sound.

The “Korela” (daughter, his daughter) accompany the ‘Old Man’. He is a young man, dressed in a Skyrian female costume. He also wears wool socks and anidentical mask to the “Old Man”, made of small goat’s skin and holds a handkerchief in his hand.

The Frank once European pants. In the middle of the back of his body is hung a bell. Facials time mask and hand holding a Bourou ( a naval whistle, made of shell) .

These three comic figures after visiting all the neighboring houses go up to the monastery of St. George, where they worship the picture of the saint and hit the monatery’s bell joyously.

The carnival in Skyros is unforgettable to those who visit the island during Carnival season. The visitor is involved in a great celebration through which comes into contact with the past, eliminates the concepts of everyday life and welcome the spring with joy and relaxation. The island invites all those who want to experience the spirit and the revelry of carnival Skyrian even though it’s still winter !

 

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