Saturday, January 10, 2015


    The lake city of Kastoria

Ragoutsaria is the name of a celebration that takes place in Western Macedonia, Greece from 6 to 8 January.   The most well known celebration is that held in the lake city of Kastoria.  It is an ancient celebration of Natures' rebirth according to fiestas for Dionysus and Kronos (Saturnalia). During the Ragoutsaria, locals and thousands of visitors form bands and disguise themselves as sheep, goats (and other animals), the opposite sex and other figures. Today, various brass instruments dominate the musical scene, but in the recent past, the gaida was the instrument of choice for this celebration.

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