Πέμπτη, 7 Απριλίου 2011

The celebration of Harvest


(Many thanks to my friend Andreas who sended me the first pic!!!Although he could pick something better... :P)

During the day everyone in Perion village was preparing for the celebration.Colorfull lanterns hanged at every door and gate and ribbons around them to the colours of rainbow.The whole village was smelling like pies! Soon the big fires were going to lit so the villagers could cook porks and beef.As the sun started to fall over the plains and darkeness was taking over light the villagers started to gather in silence in front of the village gate.It was a deadly silence.Now the only light was coming from torches that some villagers were holding.When the last of the villager joined the group they all started to walk to the hill that was right next to the village.The path was leading them to the top of the hill where some big and simple stone structures were standing in a circle creating some king of temple.There the villagers created a circle by standing outside the structures and waited until the man with the torches lighted the torches that were on the structures. Soon a yellow light covered them coming from the flames, that revealed a very old tree standing in the middle of the circle.The elder of the village , Ilor, walked closer to the tree ,leaning on an old cane, until he was right next to it.There he kneeled very slowly and careful.All the other villagers mimiced him and kneeled as well. Ilor mabled some words in a strange language and the light from the torches changed from yellow to purple.Then he speaked to the tree.

"Oh great Mother of Nature.Oh great Spirit of the Earth we step and live.We gathered here today to offer you our thanks. You protect us, you feed us and you let us live in your kingdom and yet you ask nothing of return.So we dedicate this day to you,the day before Harvest, to show you our respect.May your name be praised among the gods and among the races of the earth..."

After those words the flames changed again from purple to yellow. Ilor and the villagers remained there for an hour praying to Mother Nature.This was their thanks to her.This was their ceremony to their Mother. With this the celebration of Harvest could begin!!!

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