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Greeks throw flour to forget woes

2017年 2月 28日 Tuesday - 01:17

Greeks stage a ''flour war'' to celebrate Clean Monday and mark the end of Carnival season, a welcome distraction for many residents of the economically struggling country. Elly Park reports.

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This is not a scene of war but a scene of festivity. For centuries, residents of the Greek town Galaxidi have celebrated the end of Carnival by donning plastic suits and goggles to dodge the explosive power of baking flour. Known as "Flour War" the aim is to throw as many colorful bombs at each other as possible. While the tradition started out as means to defy Ottoman occupiers in the past, today it's a welcome distraction from reality for participants who come from afar. SOUNDBITE: Flour War Participant, Efi, saying (Greek) "It's an outburst, you let off steam. What else to do? If you are feeling downcast in Athens, the villages, anywhere with this [economic] crisis, you come here and let off steam." SOUNDBITE: Flour War Participant, Loukas, saying (Greek) "The people are liberated, they are having fun, they feel free to celebrate as they want to and not to have to follow a pattern. They are free." After seven years of bailouts, Greece is still feeling the impact of the global financial crisis, sinking deeper into poverty each year. At least for a couple of hours revelers here can vent and reflect.

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Greeks throw flour to forget woes

2017年 2月 28日 Tuesday - 01:17