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FlashbackFriday: 1996 Easter in Greece

I thought I would go for an Easter themed post for this week. The photos below I took whilst travelling around Greece in 1996 with my college archaeology class. We were on the road on this particular day when we got held up by a parade and festival. Instead of waiting in our bus we decided to get out and join the festivities, and what an amazing experience that was!

In this small rural Greek town, which I unfortunately do not know the name of, we discovered that Christian and Pagan traditions mixed together to create their annual Easter fertility celebrations. Although there were strong Christian motifs, the parade was lead by a group of hunters/herdsmen dressed in furs who had, symbolically, come down from the mountain near the town. Along with them were men dressed as brides, and the most amazing parade float topped with a massive effigy of the ancient Greek God of fertility – Dionysus. Unfortunately my slow reactions and crappy disposable camera only caught the three following images, but hopefully they give a flavour of what was an amazing event. All the residents were absolutely delighted to have a group of random Brits join them for the festivities and couldn’t have made us more welcome, insisting we partake in much free booze. It was just a shame we had to hit the road again so soon.

The Hunters have come down from the mountain

The Hunters have come down from the mountain

Some lovely blushing brides

Some lovely blushing brides

The back of the Dionysus float

The back of the Dionysus float

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