Annual night party in Pyrgi village

A very cozy party taking place in the village of Pyrgi till the morning hours
Photography / Text: George Tatakis

Had spent the day in different villages, Volakas and Pagoneri and enjoyed the customs of Arapides. Still I was leaving Pagoneri village and wanted to continue having fun. What fun is it to go back to the hotel room? 

I had heard about something going on in the village of Pyrgi, which was on the way back to Drama and not too far away. I thought I should give it a go and see what is all about. 

I had heard about something going on in the village of Pyrgi and wanted to see what is all about.

Parked the car nearby the central square of the village and moved around to see if the villagers are up to something. We were a company of three. We saw some people sitting around a table inside a tavern in the central square. One of them turned around and waived at us inviting us in. 

We got inside out of curiosity and they told us to sit in the table with them. 

Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis

These guys had won the cross during Epiphany. It is a custom in Greece and all Orthodox countries to throw a cross inside the water after their blessing and people try to catch it afterwards. The winner will have a lucky year.

They told us that this is where the party happens but it was too early yet. They had decided to start early since they were happy for winning the cross. 

Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis

People started coming in slowly and soon the whole place was packed. A small band of traditional instruments started playing songs and even some small girls sang very nicely indeed! 

Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis

Soon the party was going hot and dancing started. 

The dancing continues until the morning as the local tradition dictates.

Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis

The dancing continues until the morning as the local tradition dictates. It was real fun and suggest the place to anyone going there. The locals are very inviting and welcoming and will treat you like a king. 

Annual night party in Pyrgi village - Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
Annual night party in Pyrgi village
Greece. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Pyrgi. © George Tatakis
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Location

Annual night party in Pyrgi village

Unnamed Road, Pirgi 662 00, Greece
Pyrgi, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Greece