Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou - Carnivals of the Twelve Nights, Eastern Macedonia
Music program, Television, ERT, 1977
“Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou” (“Musiko Odiporiko me ti Domna Samiou”) was a television series researched and presented by Domna Samiou and broadcast by Greek National Television in 1976-1977. Each episode was dedicated to the music and dance tradition of a different area of Greece.
This episode is dedicated to the masquerades taking place during the Twelve Nights in Eastern Macedonia. Through a comprehensive review of these customs in all of their variety, Domna Samiou presents the masquerades rituals in four different villages: Nikisiani, Kavala; Monastiraki, Drama; Xiropotamos, Drama; and Kria Vrissi, Drama.
In the village of Nikisiani the masquerades are called 'Arapides' and the celebration is held on St. John’s day, January the seventh. Here we can watch shots from their dressing up, their ritualistic dance in the main square of the village, their procession around the village accompanied by shawms and davuls, and the symbolic death and resurrection of a member of the Arapides group.
In the same village, in recent years, apart from the Arapides masquerades, people dress up with ‘old’ clothes from their ancestors and perform a dancing circle in the main square of the village. Here we can listen to the song A blue dove sung by Vangelis Daskaloudis.
In the village of Kali Vrissi the masquerades are called 'Babougeri' and the celebration lasts for three days commencing on January the sixth. Its apogee is on the last day, January the eighth, when they hold a mockery of a wedding which leads to a big feast where all the locals participate. Here we can watch shots from Babougri’s procession all around the village, from the wedding representation and from the feast that follows.