'Panigiria' (religious festivities) @Cyclades, Greece. • work in progress •
'Panigiria' (religious festivities) @Cyclades. In the authentic ‘panigiria’ (religious festivities) of the Aegean islands, music, singing, dancing and feasting are integral elements of a ritual in which the whole community participates. Seniors and youngsters, women and men take part in the celebration to have fun, have joy, let loose and experience together, their unity and cohesion as members of a single society with ties that can be traced back in ancient times.
‘Panigiria’ implode as a social event so much life and pure culture as no other event so that the experience of a panigiri to make the acquaintance of the whole world. And perhaps therein panigiria acting as the key to unlock and get into the heart of the region and to reveal the soul of the place and of the humans.
Magical moments. A mixture of light, smells, people and sounds, in a unique & blessed environment. Its meaning and its message have a lot to teach us: In the hypocrisy of modern social interaction and the exodus of "virtual tours”, panigiria come to remind us that there is LIFE. Our life with others, and the sense of sharing. And when that joy is shared, it may be the best antidote against the "national gloom."
Choose the most remote ones. Those that do not reach the freeway. Those tricky. You will find yourself definitely in front of a pleasant surprise and you will fill your heart and mind of joy and pleasure.
© Dimitrios Bouras/dimitriosbouras photography
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