volunteers meet greek traditions
On this day there is a parade taking place in Serres every year. In the parade all the traditional associations, all voluntary organisations, the police and the military participate. The traditional associations wear the traditional clothing of the different regions in Greece. While Greek marching music is playing the parade is marching through one of the main streets in Serres. On the side of the streets there are a lot of people watching the parade.
We, the EVs volunteers of PRAXIS had the honour to take part in the parade. That`s why we went to one of the traditional associations on Friday evening. They welcomed us really friendly and invited us for a dance lesson and for pizza. Also they showed us a little museum about the Vlachs. Vlach is a group of people living in Greece in former times. The association tries to keep the Vlach traditions alive. The dance their traditional dances, sing their traditional songs and wear their traditional clothing for the parade.
That`s why we could wear a traditional Vlach costume for the parade on Sunday. The costume for the women consists of 10 pieces and it took almost one hour to put on all of this. The first think that you wear is a nightdress made of linen that was also used as underwear. The next layer is woollen dress, with a woollen apron and a woollen waistcoat. Around the neck you wear a white scarf that is covering your neckline. On the feet you wear woollen socks and leather shoes. On the head you wear a traditional hat and a head scarf. In addition you wear a belt and a lot of jewellery.
In this costume we were marching in the parade. It was a really nice experience and the moderator of the parade even announced our names and welcomed us again in the city.
By Vera Lennartz