13/02/2020 - 14/02/2020
Location: Greece / North Aegean / Mytilene
Photography / Text: Michael Pappas
The relics of Saint Valentine are guided in a litany through the town of Mytilene on his name day. One of the few Catholic litanies taking place in Greece.
29/02/2020 - 29/02/2020
Location: Greece / Central Greece / Άμφισσα
Photography / Text: George Tatakis
A custom related to a very old local legend, regarding a ghost protecting a local fountain, Charmaina. The legend said that there were more ghosts protecting other places and they would fight amongst them many times. The locals would hear the screams and hide in their homes. A quite spectacular event which gets very crowded.
20/02/2020 - 02/03/2020
Location: Greece / North Aegean / Skiros
Photography / Text: Dimitris Manis
On the island of Skyros in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the sound of hundreds of bells vibrates the old town (Chora) during Apokries celebrations. The main figure of the island’s celebration is the “Old Man” (Geros).
The Harmony in Chaos is born. Hundreds of strangers become one as they move and express themselves and dance with strangers. Who are not strangers. Anymore...
On my way to Romania from Burgas, I made sure I would go through a Soviet monument I had seen online, which looked to me like a flying saucer, Buzludzha which sits at 1,432 metres (4,698 feet) high. This is where I met Eva and now have a story to remember.