Fires of Giourouki

While waiting for the fire of Achlada to start at midnight, a custom that takes place in many villages around Florina on December 23, the guys we met there told us to go together at the next village, Giourouki, to see the fire there as well. They would start that earlier than Achlada, since that was a smaller village and most of the local people there would visit the big fire of Achlada later.
Photography / Text: George Tatakis

While waiting for the fire of Achlada to start at midnight, a custom that takes place in many villages around Florina on December 23, the guys we met there told us to go together at the next village, Giourouki, to see the fire there as well. They would start that earlier than Achlada, since that was a smaller village and most of the local people there would visit the big fire of Achlada later. 

Fires of Giourouki - Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki
Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis

We went on foot, since it was less than a kilometer away. We met the people there who were very friendly and inviting. They invited us inside the basement of a local home. Everyone was sitting there as a table had been set and there was plenty of food, mainly sausages and meat as well as plenty of local wine of course. We joined them at the table and got our drinks and food. 

Fires of Giourouki - Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki
Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis

It was around nine in the evening, that everyone started to gather outside. There was a large pile of branches and other wood. The fire was lit and soon a large bonfire was at play. 

Fires of Giourouki - Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki
Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki - Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki
Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis

It was a very nice and cozy experience and when the fire started to go off, we made our way to Achlada. 

Fires of Giourouki - Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
Fires of Giourouki
Greece. Central Macedonia. Florina. © George Tatakis
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Location

Fires of Giourouki

Epar.Od. Papagiannis - Achlada Meliti
Florina, Central Macedonia, Greece