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The custom of Klidonas in Tinos…

The custom of Klidonas revived the feast of St. John the Fotaras (June 24) at Ysternia.

The first descriptions of this custom come from the Byzantine period.

A few days before the event, every resident would place an object in the “Klidona” which was locked on the eve of the celebration.

On the day of the feast, the villagers would gather and unlock it.

One by one, they get an object from Klidonas but in order to take back what belongs to them, they should recite verses to the one holding it.

A feast follows and everybody is offered the traditional pie.

This custom, along with its variations, is identified in many other places in Greece.


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