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Custom of Beis

Το Έθιμο «Μπέης» Το Έθιμο «Μπέης»

This custom symbolizes the land’s fertility and it is celebrated on Tyrini’s Monday in the village of Mandres.

A wagon, decorated by the villagers, in which the Beis sits, symbolizing the landowner of the old times, goes from house to house asking for the "tax", that was paid by the Greeks during the Ottoman occupation. The housewives offer them wine, appetizers and desserts, and the landowner of the house pays the 'tax' in cash, grains or other goods.

On the next day, Beis with his escort wanders the village throwing cereals in the houses’ yards, in order to have a productive year, while the housewives offer the food that is auctioned on the Sunday of Tyrini, which is also the day that this custom closes its cycle with a great celebration.

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