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  • After the abduction, the party starts!After the abduction, the party starts!© Stella Melina Vassilaki
Crete as we Live it

Bride kidnapping in Melidoni

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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