Crete Marathon – invitation to parallel events: cutting of olive branch in Vouves 18th April

The Municipality of Platanias invites all citizens and visitors to take part in the parallel events of the CRETE MARATHON:
The event of the Crete Marathon will be launched on Thursday 18th April with the ceremony of cutting the olive branch “kotinos” from the ancient olive tree in Vouves which will be used for the wreath bestowed upon the Marathon winners, an act that constitutes an olympic symbol.
The folklore dancing group  “PELASGOI” is performing during this ceremony.

WHERE: Ano Vouves, at the Ancient Olive Tree

WHEN: Thursday 18th April 11.30

The torch relay  on Saturday 20th April will be accompanied for the opening ceremony at the market square in Chania (AGORA).
The torch bearers start in Kissamos at 15.30, after a small ceremony, and will then walk along the old road to the Town Hall in Platanias .
Torch bearers will be given T-shirt, shorts and hats  free of charge.
There will be a shuttle service for transportation.

INFORMATION: 6983515684 Simantirakis Polychronis – Municipality Platanias

Source: Municipality Platanias
Photo credit: Simantirakis Polichronis, Municipality Platanias

About the Ancient olive tree in Vouves:
Branches from the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves have been used in ceremonies at each summer Olympics since the Athens Games in 2004. This ancient tree was selected for the symbolic honor because of its monumental status and advanced age, which is estimated at approximately 3,000 years, if not more.

“Beyond the symbolism that emerges from today’s ceremony, we send a message of peace from here, Vouves in Platanias, across the world, with the sacred symbol of the olive that our Greek athletes will hold, accompanying the Greek flag when they enter … as the first national delegation in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, during the opening ceremony of the Games. This is a message that is particularly important in today’s highly turbulent times.” (Mayor of Platanias, on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 2016)

Cutting olive branch






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