The bells of Skyros

The men or even kids, individuals or in groups are accompanied by their "bride” named "korela", masked women in traditional white costume or even men in drag.
Photography / Text: Alexandros Tsoutis

In Skyros island of Greece, the traditional carnival is quite remarkable.

The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis

A goat costume dance is done by groups of masked revellers in the streets of the main village. Disguised men in the the role of the ‘geros’ (old man), menacing figures dressed in goat-pelt capes with huge garlands of heavy sheep bells, shepherd’s crooks and faces concealed by skin masks,

The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis

The men or even kids, individuals or in groups are accompanied by their "bride” named "korela", masked women in traditional white costume or even men in drag.

The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis

The men haul their bells, weighting up to 50 kilograms, around the narrow streets of the town until late night, having some necessary rest on the doorsteps of the town houses. When the two groups meet, they compete to see who can ring their bells longest and loudest with strenuous body movements.

The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis

On Ash Monday the happenings take another turn. The island’s fishermen enter the main square on a ‘trata’, the traditional fishing boat, carried by the locals. They perform tales satirizing the contemporary Greek life and politics bringing laughs to the crowd.

The day also includes a parade for the costumed children which involves a large amount of squealing and giggling kids along with a donkey or two and continues with a more official presentation of the island’s traditional dances in the main square.

The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros - Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
The bells of Skyros
Greece. North Aegean. Skiros. © Alexandros Tsoutis
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The bells of Skyros

Unnamed Road Skiros
Skiros, North Aegean, Greece

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