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Customs and traditions

The customs of the Palamites were numerous. “Rugatsia – Rugatsaria” is an old custom of the twelfth day of Christmas with which the expulsion of evil spirits is sought and it is maintained to this day. This word comes from the sound of the bells, which the Rugacharians hang around their waists, called “Rugguts – Ruggos”.

   The folk event of the Rugacharians unfolds from the first of January, St. Bill’s day and ends on the eve of the Twelth night, at noon. That is why it is said that the Rungacharians should not meet with the priest or if they meet by accident they take off their sheepskins so that the priest can light them. In earlier times this was a law, since the custom itself was pagan and managed to survive the years of Christianity.

   Rogatsaria is a custom of popular rural worship and as such it is full of magic and symbolism. The Rugatarians ring the bells loudly and make noise to awaken the earth (Gaia), the goddess of fertility, to awaken the chthonic deities of the earth, those forces will encourage the life and growth of the seeds of earth and trees, which will give birth to spring and summer fruits, that are necessary for the life of human beings.

   The Rungacharians are a group consisting of people disguised in sheepskins (sheepskins) and women’s clothing, the bride and groom dressed in the formal bridal local costume, the doctor and a Rongachari who drags the donkey with which the Rungacharians collect meat, sausages, various other products and money.

   An equally interesting custom is the sergianni (from the Turkish Sergan – seryan = walk, excursion). Sergianni is the watching of the dances that the Karaggunis danced on the days of special holidays (Lights, Easter, etc.).

   Of course, it should be noted that other parallel events (wrestling, races) were also held during the sergianni, marriage agreements and matchmaking between the young people were not absent.