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Aviéntale harina de colores a la gente en Grecia

Escrito por Daniela Gonzalez

Grecia es un país lleno de cultura, conocimiento y pasión. Y harina. Mucha, mucha harina.

En el pequeño pueblo de Galaxidi, se festeja el Lunes de Purificación con el final de la temporada de carnavales, justo antes del inicio de la Cuaresma. Pero lo que hace especial este último día antes de comenzar la purificación, son las guerras de harina de colores, también conocida como Alevromoutzouroma. 

Revelers take a brake as they celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi’s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Local revelers celebrate "Clean Monday" with "flour war" a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) Local revelers celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi’s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Es una explosión de niñez en todos los sentidos, espolvoreada siempre de colores y diversión.
A reveller poses during the celebrations of the Clean Monday or Ash Monday in Galaxidi on February 23, 2015. The celebrations of Clean Monday mark the start of the 40-days lent until the Orthodox easter. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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La tradición no cuenta con un origen claro. A menos que un panadero haya hecho una broma muy pesada hacer un par de siglos.

Local revelers celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi’s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Al mediodía, los habitantes y visitantes se reúnen vestidos con ropa vieja para recibir grandes cantidades de harina coloreada. Después, la guerra tiene lugar en el muelle, el cual se divide en dos bandos.

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Nunca sabemos quién gana, ya que todos terminan cubiertos de pies a cabeza en el pigmentado polvo. Hasta los turistas.

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Entonces si te gustaría revivir tu niñez ensuciándote como hace algunas décadas, este es el festival ideal para hacerlo.

A local reveler smokes a cigarette as she celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi’s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Entre risas, harina y colores, lo peor que puede pasar es que salgas hecho un buñuelo un tanto fosforescente.

 

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