Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The religious and festive cycle

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The festivals in the wider region of Tzoumerka and Matsouki appear to be directly linked to a religious holiday. Residents of neighboring communities also celebrate and attend festivals. The festival is held on the day that the community’s Patron Saint is commemorated. It is a customary celebration and important yearly event through which the community spirit is expressed and renewed. The summer religious festivals would take place in the central square of the settlement where the Church devoted to the Patron Saint was also located. The combination of religious and secular features make up a social event where a sense of community and the mutual feeling of belongingness are validated through the devoted participation of community and neighboring residents.
Dancing at festivals is determined by specific rules that define what is permissible and what is forbidden. Every dance is performed in a ritual yet entertaining way. It’s a social activity that promotes community cohesion and socialisation all the while accounting for gender, age and social status. In some cases, in the past, the festival had a commercial character.

In other cases the festival focused on the commemoration of a Monastery like the Monastery of Kipina in Kalarrytes, the Monastery of Panagia of Plaka and the Monastery of Vyliza in Matsouki.