The tradition of Gaitanaki dance

Gaitanaki is a traditional Greek dance and singing, custom of the Greek carnival. One person holds the pole and 12 dancers hold each one of the 12 coloured ribbons that are fixed on the top of the pole and hang from it. Tradition says that the 12 ribbons symbolize the 12 months of the year.

The dance goes as follows: 
Each dancer passes under the next dancer’s ribbon, thus creating a circle. The result is a beautiful colourful braid created on the pole. But surely is not that easy as it sounds. 


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