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The Trata (Greek: Τράτα) is a traditional commemorative dance performed every two years in Megara in Attica, but also in the Aegean Islands.

On the Tuesday following Easter in every alternate year, the women of Megara take part the traditional dance known as the Trata on the open space before the tiny church known as Saint John the Dancer. It is popularly believed to commemorate the building of this chapel during a single day during the years of Ottoman Greece.

The trata symbolizes the fishing. The famous dance, the Trata, is said to celebrate their success of fishing, each day.[1]

However, folklorists note that the movements of this dance, which mimic the hauling in of fishing nets, seem to indicate that it is probably a very ancient dance, much older than the Ottoman period, and was originally performed to ensure success of the fishermen.[2]
See also

Greek music
Greek dances
Greek folk music
Nisiotika
Sousta
Ikariotikos

References

^ Tomkinson, John L., pp77-8.
^ Megas, George A., p111.

1. Tomkinson, John (2003). Festive Greece: A Calendar of Tradition. Athens: Anagnosis. ISBN 960-87186-7-8..
2. Megas, George A. (1982). Greek Calendar Customs. Athens..

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