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Old customs, thank
goodness, die hard in Crete.
The authorities in Athens have
recently tried to stamp out two
traditions they felt reflected badly
on the country as a modern
nation: firstly, the enlivening of
religious celebrations with a
burst of firecrackers, and,
secondly, the keeping open of
kafenfa and bars until the early
hours. Cretans have simply
turned broad backs and deaf
ears to these edicts from across
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Surviving the changes: The islanders' wav
of life has inevitably changed in the last 25 years. With improvements
to the roads, tourists have taken to the hills in hire cars, threatening
the the peace and solitude of the village. Youngsters have left the
remote villages for work in the city, in tourist J Nothing reflects the
raw incompatibility of tourism more than the brightness of its colours.
Multi-hued nylon jogging suits, fluorescent orange shorts, lipstick pink
and luminous green motor bikes jar with the subdued grey, brown, green
and black of the Cretan landscape and the village dwellers' clothing.
centres or abroad.
Most villagers now have electricity, running water, television, cars and
aspirations. Demand for consumer goods is growing. Social divisions
between the haves and the have-nots, professional and manual workers,
have widened. Perceptions of wealth and glamour arrived with the
tourists and with the television, changing for ever the quiet acceptance
of fate. Somehow, though, the essential Cretan virtues of kindness,
courtesy, hospitality and interest in the stranger, survive the
onslaughts of tourists, the latest and perhaps the most invidious in a
long line of foreign invaders. Crete's long monastic tradition is now
under threat from dwindling numbers of novices.
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