Carnival on Skopelos

TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS SKOPELOS, CARNIVAL SKOPELOS, CULTURE SKOPELOS, TRATA(TRAWL) SKOPELOS, BRAMDES SKOPELOS, WEDDING PROCESSION, “THE GOOD” SKOPELOS SKOPELOS CARNIVAL Beautiful Skopelos is an island with surprises !!! Besides the incomparable natural beauty, Skopelos has many strong points to show. Come and spend a traditional Halloween in Skopelos for real fun !!! After all, Skopelos’ carnival […]

TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS SKOPELOS, CARNIVAL SKOPELOS, CULTURE SKOPELOS, TRATA(TRAWL) SKOPELOS, BRAMDES SKOPELOS, WEDDING PROCESSION, “THE GOOD” SKOPELOS

SKOPELOS CARNIVAL

Beautiful Skopelos is an island with surprises !!! Besides the incomparable natural beauty, Skopelos has many strong points to show. Come and spend a traditional Halloween in Skopelos for real fun !!!

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After all, Skopelos’ carnival customs are the most interesting.

TIP 1: The first settlers of the island were Peparethos and Stafylos, both sons of the god Dionysus, the god of fertility, vines and wine. So the carnival customs are rooted in ancient tradition, the popular “peparitheio wine” and celebrations were held to honor the God Dionysus.

TIP 2: Carnival Skopelos songs are mostly obscene songs as they contain many “forbidden” words. Nevertheless the fun of carnival, everyone is singing it regardless of age and social class.

TIP 3: Many events were funny representations of everyday activities. As an example is the bear (arkoudiaris) and the doctor.

TIP 4: The bellmen (koudounatoi) and moutsounes were men who wore masks and were sitting in the neighborhood of Panagitsa.The women were embarrassed even to come closer to them as their fun was vulgar language and the provocative teasing.

 

Some ancient customs have survived to this day. All local people of Skopelos, children and
adults with cheer and joy they revive their traditions every year at Halloween. Carnival events
are so important that in the old days, locals who worked away from the island returned home
these days to celebrate their special customs.

CARNIVAL ON SKOPELOS BEGINS

Carnival lasts for three weeks. The carnival customs starting from the “Tsiknopempti”(Thursday). Groups of young and old dressed masqueraders hanging around the alleys of Skopelos. Laughing, singing, and teasing everyone, ending up at a Skopelos tavern and having fun until the early hours. The most famous Halloween carnival customs in Skopelos are the wedding procession and the “good”, the “bramdes” and the trata (Trawl).

SKOPELOS WEDDING PROCESSION, “GOOD”

On the last Sunday of Carnival a grand parade is organized which represents the Skopelos wedding procession. The role of the bride is played by a masked man, while everyone is satirizing a character. Throughout sing the well-known “indecent” and non carnival songs and they drink happy.

 

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SKOPELOS “BRAMDES”

The “Bramdes” are Skopelos traditional costumes. They wear good handkerchiefs, breeches, foustaneles (local costume for men) and silver charpas (tsaprazia). They are walking around Skopelos alleys and singing the epic Skopelos song “Vlacha”.

The “Bramdes” gather in Gyftorema, Mylos always singing and dancing. The householders open their homes to offer their Skopelos traditional sweets like rice pudding (rizogalo), galaktomboureko and endless wine.

SKOPELOS “TRATA” (TRAWL)

On the last Sunday celebrated the custom of Skopelos Trata. Smudgy masquerades carry a boat made of reeds and wood, the trata. On their way they sing obscene songs, drink and tease the attendees. They hold nets for example and catch the passers-by.

απόκριες σκόπελος, καρναβάλι σκόπελος, έθιμα σκόπελοςThe followers of the trata are also masquerades. Together they end up on the beach where they will drop the trata. The celebration and dance lasts until the early hours of the morning.

TIP: This custom has its roots in the attacks who accept the Aegean islands from the terrible pirates.

“CLEAN MONDAY” IN SKOPELOS

On Clean Monday (the first day of Lent) Skopelites paint with bluing a cross on their foreheads and hang a branch of hyacinths in their ears. The day is celebrated by eating fasting and drinking wine at the beaches, in their huts and in the fields.

 

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Author – Adrina Hotels Skopelos – www.Adrina.gr 

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