KARIOTISSA (Small town) GIANNITSA
The residents of Kariotissa keep alive the customs of their ancestors and that's obvious in all their festivals of religious character and in their daily life. The festival takes place at the village on 23rd of August, the day that the church The Assumption of the Virgin celebrates. It used to be one of the most important cultural events in all the prefecture, while 30 years ago many bands and famous singers participated.
Every year, the young boys of the village, who are about to join the army, organize and participate in a series of traditional and religious festivals. The whole year they prepare a float and on Sunday that Carnival is celebrated, they wander it in the whole village, while they are dressed with costumes and make fun of the current events. On Good Friday, they take over to lift on their shoulders the Epitaph. This way, all the men of the village have the opportunity to participate once in their life actively in the procession of the Epitaph. The series of tradition ends with the participation to the Hallowing of the river, which is situated on the northern side of the village, the day of Epiphany. Everybody believes that those who will take out the holly cross from the water, will be healthy and will be in favor of God the whole year.
This text is cited May 2005 from the Municipality of Megas Alexandros URL below, which contains images
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