Greek PM Tsipras Returns to Roots, Dances Kangelari at the Village [video]



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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, having learned from last summer’s mistakes, chose to vacation in a traditional Greek way rather than on a businessman’s luxury yacht as had been the case just 12 months ago. On Tuesday, he was photographed dancing at a traditional Greek feast at the village of Athamanio, Arta, where his family comes from.

The Kangelari, created during the 400-year Turkish Occupation of Greece, requires the dancers to huddle closely together and grip each other in a tight chain so as to readily be able to communicate with each other.

Specifically, he danced the “Kangelari,” that is rooted in the Epirus region. Dimitris Tsipras, aged 95, led the dance as the village elder, priest and uncle of the Greek PM.

Most of the village joined in the dance, followed by a feast of food and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

“Today, I’m here as a fellow villager, and I thank you for the reception,” said Tsipras, speaking to his relatives, friends and constituents.