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Classical diplomas

BACKGROUND: My informant, AC, was born in the US and attended boarding school in NH. As we were talking about our different high school customs, AC brought up our school’s initiation ceremony for everyone who took a classical language at the school. CONTEXT: This piece is from a conversation with my friend where we talked… Continue Reading »

Καλαματιανός/Kalamatianos (Song)

DESCRIPTION Καλαματιανός (Kalamatianos) is a greek folk song that is performed alongside a folk dance with the same name. It is performed in a faster Syrtos, 4/4 rhythm.  It is commonly performed at festivals, parties, and Greek nightclubs. “Καλαματιανός is a song with loose instrumentation, but more consistent lyrics that we’d dance to back in… Continue Reading »

Καλαματιανός/Kalamatianos (Dance)

DESCRIPTION Καλαματιανός (Kalamatianos) is also a greek folk dance that is performed alongside the folk song with the same name.  It is to be performed in a faster Syrtos, 4/4 rhythm.  It is, like it’s musical counterpart, performed at festivals, parties, weddings, and Glendis (Greek Nightclub parties). “It [Καλαματιανός (Kalamatianos)] is also the most basic… Continue Reading »

Spitting at Greek Weddings

MAIN PIECE “That common stereotype that Greeks spit at brides down the wedding aisle you see in [My] Big Fat Greek Wedding, although exageratted, is based in truth.  More in Greek-Greek culture than in Greek-American culture, you will see people spit on the bride, not walking down the aisle, but while she gets ready.  Also… Continue Reading »