These uniforms are very popular. What is the purpose of the pompom on the end of the shoes? Are these uniforms the same as the first parade we saw?
Both the soldiers uniforms and the dance costumes are connected to rural traditions; so they are related. Someone said the pompons were to kick off fleas, but it turns out that isn't true. Here is the real scoop😄 "Tsarouchia are typically made of a number of pieces of stiff leather hand-sewn together, in the moccasin fashion. They have a characteristic pointy nose, usually covered by a large woolen pompon, which often occurs in Turkey as well. The latter was a relatively late addition, originally a way of making the shoe nose waterproof, but increasingly becoming an essential feature for their decoration. During the period when the Evzone unit was a combat unit within the Greek Army, the pompon hid a sharp blade which was used in hand-to-hand combat."
We have a new student in NEXUS and he was wondering what the calibre of the guns were when the soldiers were marching in the parade?? Not sure if they even were guns that still fired? What was the significance of the tomb?
Alex & Fred
For Alex: for cerimonial uniform they carry M1 Garand, a more historic rifle. When on active duty the carry a fully automatic weapon.
Is that a traditional dance in Greece?
Yes, although from all different regions NOT just Athens
Did it look funny when they dance.
No, they take it quite seriously.
what is that dance called
They just called it traditional dance.
Was it a good dance?
Very interesting. Lots of group dancing.
COOL!! Was that dance like any other dance or...
Some of it was sort of like the dancing in the play Fiddler on the Roof.
why are they dancing so funny?do you like there coustoums? what coustums are they?
The costumes were really colourful ...lots of reds and blacks.
did you have to do that dance?
Ray wanted to learn it, but there were no lessons that night so he is practising from YouTube 😄
It look's so cool.Was the dance fun?
Really fun and it was in an outdoor theatre which was neat.
Why do they where those funky shoes? What's the dance called?
what was your favorite part.?
When the men and women danced holding a handkerchief in the middle.
that is intresting
did you see a show
Yes, it was 90 minutes long and it had live music and singing.
Do you know some names that are like ours.
You mean the people's names?
Yes I mean people's names.
Common names here seem to be Nicholas for men and Anna for women, but that is just from people we have met.
Would you like to try that type of dance?
Ray is practising from a YouTube video.
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