The slow dance
In village of Olympos in Karpathos, the festivities for August 15 – the Dormition of the Virgin Mary – do not consist of a frantic celebration like in other parts of Greece, but rather in a sober ritual that begins with a wooden table, on which bread, olives and pies are placed, along with some raki. A few men, some of them holding instruments, sitting around it begin to chant. Little by little, they are surrounded by more men, who hold each other with their arms crossed and begin a slow, “dragging” dance, going around in a circle. A second circle forms around the first circle, and a third one, and so on; together, they all keep dancing slowly until dawn.