Crete – Cherry Festival

Crete – Cherry Festival

Music; Ambience: Greek music, Crete, bouzouki, lyra, oud, music, gunshots

Every June, the village of Karanos on the island of Crete celebrates its cherry harvest. They honor their traditions with a blend of ceremony, music, dancing, and great food. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. The celebration begins with a blessing of a priest.

ambience: Cretan songs, men’s voices, acapella

And then the several hundred villagers of Karanos welcome about a thousand guests to a banquet in which many local delicacies are served, including two kinds of cherries.

ambience: greek music, Crete, bouzouki, lyra, oud

There is a cherry eating contest, a poetry competition, and non-stop dancing. With their arms on each others shoulders, a line of dancers snakes around the stage. Sometimes one of the men dancing in the front of the line will leap high into the air, slapping his heels mid-flight.

ambience: gunshots, solo singing, glasses clinking, drinks

The musicians perform on the bouzouki, the oud and the lyra, which is a three stringed instrument, bowed like a violin and held vertically on the lap of a seated player. The dancing and music goes on for hours, punctuated every once in a while by the sound of gunshots, as someone fires off a round of blanks. It’s just an expression of exuberance amidst a party that’ll last until late in the evening, celebrating not only a harvest but a rich cultural tradition.

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner.

Crete - Cherry Festival

In a small Cretan village, the annual cherry harvest brings revelry punctuated with gunshots and music.
Air Date:06/16/2003
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Crete - Cherry Festival

Music; Ambience: Greek music, Crete, bouzouki, lyra, oud, music, gunshots

Every June, the village of Karanos on the island of Crete celebrates its cherry harvest. They honor their traditions with a blend of ceremony, music, dancing, and great food. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. The celebration begins with a blessing of a priest.

ambience: Cretan songs, men's voices, acapella

And then the several hundred villagers of Karanos welcome about a thousand guests to a banquet in which many local delicacies are served, including two kinds of cherries.

ambience: greek music, Crete, bouzouki, lyra, oud

There is a cherry eating contest, a poetry competition, and non-stop dancing. With their arms on each others shoulders, a line of dancers snakes around the stage. Sometimes one of the men dancing in the front of the line will leap high into the air, slapping his heels mid-flight.

ambience: gunshots, solo singing, glasses clinking, drinks

The musicians perform on the bouzouki, the oud and the lyra, which is a three stringed instrument, bowed like a violin and held vertically on the lap of a seated player. The dancing and music goes on for hours, punctuated every once in a while by the sound of gunshots, as someone fires off a round of blanks. It's just an expression of exuberance amidst a party that'll last until late in the evening, celebrating not only a harvest but a rich cultural tradition.

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner.