Melidoni, Clean Monday. The Bride kidnapping is one of the many wedding parodies that take place during the carnival, a custom with a long history. The ancient roots of the custom start with the 'wedding of Dionysus' and the celebrations in his honor (anthesteria) and reach the Ottoman period and the abduction of the bride by the Turks!
*"Clean Monday" is the last celebration day of the carnival and marks the beginning of the lent, until Easter
Photos: Stella Melina Vassilaki
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