The custom of “Camel”



It is a custom of Eastern Rumelia, which brought together the refugees and had Dionysian origin. Basically symbolizes representation of seed germination and establishment of life. The time courses changed the notation and simply states the end of the carnival events days and the beginning of the period of fasting. Originally constructed a wooden frame which elaborately dressed with colored rags, rugs and skins and takes the form of the body of a camel. Then the head is made of a large animal head camel which enables through a mechanism to be Kamilieris opens and closes so as to frighten those around him. Under the skeleton of the animal put two young people who constitute the merits of the four legs of a camel. The camel ridden by kamilieris who went from house to house accompanied by organ and householders gave him money and treats. Later the camel roamed the streets of villages and accompanied by bold and teasing tracks like the days commanded create an atmosphere of fun and joy. The custom of “Camel” appears in the Cain of Vamos in the early 19th century. The last 30 years happens regularly and is not performed in any other village in the area. Camel follows the a smaller camel. The whole scene complemented koudounaraioi and people dressed in makeshift uniforms mentioning Dionysian scene. At the end Hearty traditional dishes of K. Monday by the Cultural Association of Cain.