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kourbani

κουρμπάνι

Kourbani in Kavala

A kourbáni is a communal feast that follows a sacrifice of animals, usually lambs, as votive offerings to certain saints (usually it's Ag. Georgios), similar to the animal sacrifices in ancient Greece. It was a custom adopted by the Turks during their occupation, and still takes place in a few villages in Macedonia and Thrace in Greece as well as in parts of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

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Lésvos is the last Greek island to hold kourbánia, one in Mistegna after Easter and that culminates with the sacrifice of a garlanded bull in honour of Ag. Charálambos on Mount Tavros ('Bull') in the village of the Ag. Paraskeví.

Aegean Islands

Macedonia

Miscellaneous

Thrace

Text © Dana Facaros

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