Genitsari at Town Hall
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Genitsari at Town Hall

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The Carnival of Naousa is an old Greek traditional event and attracts many visitors.  Men wearing traditional uniforms, dance across the streets of this beautiful Macedonian small town.  The Carnival of Naousa is traditional and called Genitsaroi and Boules, a custom that derives from the ottoman occupation era.

After the gathering of the group finishes, they all head to the Town Hall, called the House of Mountiris in the years of the Turkish occupation and they figure they would arrive there at around noon. They gather at the Town Hall at almost twelve o’clock. All the citizens of Naoussa are gathered there, too. Everybody waits to see Genitsari.

Right after finishing dancing in front of the Town Hall, Boules start moving in a slow dance called Patinada accompanied with the song ‘Os Pote Palikaria’ towards the first neighbourhood, where they will stop to dance for the crossroad of Lamnias (triodi of Lamnias).

Genitsari hail all the people they know by shaking his/her hand and by hopping three times on their feet. When they reach the place where three streets meet, the clarinet players play the Patinada of Sanidas.

After that they pass through the narrow lane of Christides, the present market place, and they come out at the Burnt Houses (Kammena) dancing the Patinada of Chontrosougla’s. They also stop to dance at the Burnt Houses.


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