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Η Μόστρα των Θυμιανών είναι στο επίκεντρο των εκδηλώσεων. Στις 11.00 το πρωί «κατεβαίνει» με βρακάδες και πειρατές να δίνουν μα΄χη στα σοκάκια του χωριού. Μετά τις 12.0 το μεσημέρι θα ακολουθήσει η παρέλαση των αρμάτων και παραδοσιακό γλέντι στην πλατεία Καρουλιού.

Στην ξακουστή μόστρα των Θυμιανών, ξεχωριστή θέση έχει το "Ταλήμι". Ένας χορός με σπαθιά που αναπαριστά την ενέδρα που έστησαν οι Θυμιανούσοι στους πειρατές, στον Στένεκα στα χρόνια του Μεσαίωνα.

"Ταλήμι" λέγεται και η μικρή οικογενειακή ταβέρνα στο κέντρο των Θυμιανών, με ελληνική παραδοσιακή κουζίνα, σπιτικό φαγητό, εκλεκτούς μεζέδες και φιλική ατμόσφαιρα που δημιουργούν οι οικοδεσπότες του, Γιάννης και Μαρία.

Ανοικτά όλη μέρα για να απολαύσετε τον καφέ, τα μεζεδάκια, το μεσημεριανό ή το βραδινό σας.

English :
Every year Thimiana presents its Mostra, which has deep roots in the Middle Ages.

It depicts the struggle of the Hians against the robbers and pirates, who rampaged the rich areas of the island, such as Thimiana.

On the last Friday before the Triodio (the carnival period), young men of the town dress in costume.

Wearing old male and female clothing, they hide their faces in special masks and perform various acts for the viewers.

On the Sunday that follows, they gather in the center of town and perform a special dance, called the "Talimi", to the accompaniment of music.

This dance is particularly impressive since it recreates, in dance movements, the hand to hand combat of the local people with the pirates.

The masqueraders separate into two groups representing the townsmen and the pirates.

Carrying long sticks representing swords, one man from each side steps forward to begin the swordfight.

As they dance, they move together towards the center of town, where they remove their masks and continue the dance called the "Deto".

Placing the "swords" in their belts, they dance in a circle.

Then, singing a war song to the accompaniment of music, they move towards the church of Ayos Stratis (a short name for Efstratios), where they tie the Hian banners and flags onto the church railings.

Today these old costumes are enriched with newer elements, modern costumes and floats that satirize today's life.

Every summer in August, the M.E.O.Th. (Thimiana Cultural Society) sponsors a festival of traditional dances in which both Greek and European dance groups participate.

Also characteristic are the festivals held by our Municipality, such as the local festival at Neohori, the feast day of Ayos Isidoros (May 14), the large festival celebration of Aya Fotini on August 12 and the festival of Aya Ermioni on September 4, which consists of religious ceremonies and two days of festivities.

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