Folkway - Greek Morals - Folklore - Traditional - Rogatsaria - Epirus

Rogatsaria: An ancient pagan custom on the eve of the Epiphany.

The Rogatsaria is an ancient pagan custom that is revived each year on the eve of the Epiphany (January 5th). Young men dressed in sheep skins go from house to house, wishing a new year to those they meet along the way. The “troupe” (blouki, in the local dialect) includes the bride, groom, priest, doctor, rural […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Laouto

Laouto: Part of Cretan folklore music over the ages.

The laouto is a long-neck fretted instrument of the lute family, found in Greece and Cyprus, and similar in appearance to the oud. The name comes from the lute. It is played in most respects like the oud (plucked with a long plectrum). The role of the laouto in Greek traditional music is primarily that of […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional - Folklore - Hasapiko - Dance

Hasapiko: A Greek folk dance with roots from Constantinopole.

The Hasapiko can be danced as a slow dance but also as a fast dance and originated in Constantinople in the middle ages. Though the Hasapiko is still used regionally, it is often replaced by the Sirtaki dance. Hasapiko dance is a Greek folk dance which is celebrated in Greek Northern mainland and islands. Its name comes from […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Accordion

Accordion: Fill it with air in order to get warm folklore melodies.

The accordion is a relative newcomer on the music scene, having been invented in the early 1800s in Europe (drawing from the concept of older Chinese instruments) and only taking shape in its modern form later in that century. Because the accordion was able to make such a loud sound (remember, amplification hadn’t come around […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional - Folklore - Sousta - Dance

Sousta: Danced in Crete, performed in Cyprus with a Balkan way!

Sousta is the name of a folk dance in Cyprus and Crete which and generally in the Balkans region. The music is generally played with a lyre (lyra) (Cretan & Pontian) (or violin), laouto, and mandolin.There are elements of eroticism and courtship acted out in the dance, which is usually performed by pairs of men and women dancing […]