The Greeks tell us

Parthenopi Vergou from Thessaloniki

As I know from my mother's side, my grandfather's family had 6 members that came from Sozopol to Greece in 1925, and they first settled in Alistrati, Serres region of Central Macedonia. After some years they went to Thessaloniki, but not all of them. Some relatives found it more convenient to go to a nearby village called Yefyra (Topsin).
My great grandfather, back in Sozopol, was working as a shoemaker. Since the family came in Greece, he continued to work again on the same pace. Unfortunately, I do not have details on their life to Sozopol. The only thing I am in a position to know is that before they left, they sold property to some of their relatives, who decided to stay in their birth place.
The custom of St. Tryfon (1st of February) connects to the life Greeks had in Sozopol. They were capable vineyard farmers producing excellent wine and products, and every year, they were celebrating the custom with specific rituals. For the residents, St. Tryfon was the patron, who could save their vineyards from bad weather and diseases. So, this day, every year they were going to the church for sanctification. The so called "holy water" was not considered for drinking, but to be thrown in the cultivated vineyards for having a good crop. After that, they were gathering all together in village's central square for having a festival to sharing food (boiled beef, wine, etc). This ritual is called "giomatari" that goes on until today by young people with enthusiasm.


Photo 1. Official document issued by the mixed Commission of Greece-Bulgaria for the immigrants (July 30, 1925)


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Photo 2. My great-grandmother with my grandfather and his twin brother


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Photo 3. My great-grandfather, my great-grandmother and her brother


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