Folklore

The traditions and customs, popular creation, daily activities, and the way of life of island inhabitants over the years make up the multifaceted manifestations of popular culture. Highlighting the particular elements that make up the identity of each island community is important for the endurance of collective memory.

Blue Heritage presents rich archival and original material, which includes resident testimonies, recordings, films, and photographs, supported by scientific research and literature review. The study of the unique mosaic composed by the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Aegean provokes a fruitful dialogue for the future.

The traditional festivals (“Panigyria”) of Paros

The tradition of “Panigyria” (traditional festivals) is interconnected with the numerous religious holidays and Saints’ “namedays”…

The traditional olive mills

Oil and olives are products traditionally associated with agricultural production throughout Greece. “How many olive roots (do you have)?”…

Celebrations and customs dedicated to the fertility of land and animals

The people of Marpissa and Paros worked mainly in farming. The climate and soil morphology favoured agricultural…

The custom of the “swing” in Marpissa

The custom of the “swing” has its origins in ancient Greece, as it specifically refers to the “hammock” of girls during the…

The mirmitzeli, a traditional recipe of Paros

The mirmitzeli, a traditional recipe of Paros, is a kind of handmade pasta in a shape similar to that of its more famous counterpart…

The sundried goods of Paros

Islanders have learned to make the best use of products offered by the land and the sea. Sun-dried seasonal products…

Carnival in Marpissa

In Marpissa, carnival was celebrated “in mirth and partying” (Stellas, 2005, p. 44). From the day opening…

Celebrations at homes

Feasts and celebrations are all about solidarity, camaraderie and love. Hospitable and sociable, the people of Paros…

Svouroi” (spinning tops) of Paros

The game, both as an object and as an action is an integral part of Greek tradition. It is true that children of previous generations…

The vegghera

It is late in the afternoon. Daylight is dimming and sweet cool dew fills the air…

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