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    The bizarre Greek tradition of egg-cracking, part of the Orthodox Easter celebrations, continues to flourish despite changes of government.

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    SV Dancers in ancient Creek dress performing to music
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    MVS Food being grilled on spits over open fire (2 shots)
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    SV Greek President Michael Stassinopoulos; wife and daughter arriving at ceremony at ceremony and greeted by Justice Minister Stefanakis and Culture Minister Trypanis
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    President and dancers cracking eggs with each other
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    MV Dancers continue performance
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    MV President and others watch
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    Background: The bizarre Greek tradition of egg-cracking, part of the Orthodox Easter celebrations, continues to flourish despite changes of government. On Sunday (May 4), for the first time following eight years of military rule, the ceremony received a new democratic lease of life.

    Traditionally, the old Byzantine custom demanded that once a year Greek monarchs smashed eggs with members of the armed forces. Anyone holding an egg that remained unbroken was considered to be lucky. But the ceremony was also considered a test of popularity. A bad monarch didn't get to crack eggs with anyone.

    In recent years, of course, the crunch of eggshells was the prerogative of military rulers -- and the men they commanded.

    But now Greece has a new, democratic way to testing the popularity of its rulers. And since the country voted out the monarchy, it was the interim head of state, President Michael Presidential Guard this weekend.

    Celebrations in Athens also included folk dance performed by guardsmen and a traditional feast of lamb roasted on a spit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KR0F8MHG4TF17KJHN6IT6X3G
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KR0F8MHG4TF17KJHN6IT6X3G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    N/A

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