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Panigyri of Ioannis Prodromos -“Kleidonas”

June 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm | Free

Klidonas is the custom of girls who ask to guess their luck. It has its roots in the time of Homer, later we find it in Byzantium as a worship of the Sun. Fires are lit and people jump over them, to purify evil.

Over the years, Klidonas loses the character of general divination and is limited only to erotic oracles. The Goddess Klidona retires and is replaced by Saint John, whose grace is invoked by the people.

On the eve of Ai Giannis the girls go with a group to the wells or fountains of the neighborhood from where they take the unspoken water in a clay pot. At the time of the transfer they do not speak even though the lads are on the streets and try to make the girls talk with various teasing. If this happens, the oracle of “Klidonas” is lost. As long as the girls wander with the unspoken water, if they hear a name, it is a prophecy about the root that their fate holds. “Their future match, the name that Klidonas sued them will bear”.

When they get home they place the clay pot in the yard or on the loggia and each girl throws a personal object into the water, eg a button, something she will recognize.

Then they cover the container with water, with a red cloth and leave it in the starlight until the next morning and until the service in the church is over. So go, then the girls in the container with the water form a circle around it and start removing the marks as follows:

The poets recite a couplet. At the time of the recitation a girl takes a mark from the container and raises it. Whoever recognizes it as her own takes it and shouts “mine”. If the couplet is one of the nice ones, she changes her mind and accepts the congratulations of the other girls for her luck. This is repeated until all marks are removed from the container. The couplets that make the marks are called radicals are passed down from generation to generation.

Some of them are:

“We open Klidonas in Ai Gianniou by grace and whatever is lucky, the radical will come out”

With this, Kleidonas opens. Other: “I hold a white carnation, I will paint it red and if I succeed in painting, I will burn many hearts”

Finishing all the items, the company continues the party and dancing, jumping over the fires.


June 24
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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