During the time of the Ottoman dominion, there used to be the “devsirme”: Ottoman army officials roamed the villages of the empire recruiting the best youth as janissaries, the special forces of the Ottoman army. The pain would be great for the poor parents who would see their children taken away, never to come back. In Naoussa, in the region of central Macedonia in Northern Greece, they used to dress the most stout and good-natured as girls – the Boules – to deceive the Ottomans. This is how one of the most spectacular folk events in Europe was born. BOREAS Art & Nature Travel Services can take you to explore a universe of immense folkloric wealth!

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