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HPA2009 Galaxidi Clean Monday Celebration
By Louisa Maria Gouliamaki (Greece)
HPA2009 Jury’s Special Award
Time: 2004 - 2009
Place: Galaxidi, Greece
Clean Monday (or “Pure Monday”) marks the end of carnival season and the beginning of the 40 days Greek Orthodox Lent until Easter and in the small town of Galaxidi. It is celebrated by throwing colored flour at one another. The ringing of cowbells marks the start of the war and revelers march through the town, dance to traditional music, jump over fires and, of course, and pummel each other with flour. The flour war, known as alevromoutzouromata, is a unique celebration in Greece. The origin is unclear but it is believed to have begun around 1801 when locals rebelled against the Ottoman officials who didn't like them celebrating Carnival.
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  • Copyright: HPA CFPA (cfpa) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 23] (51)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-00-00
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-04 2:06
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