Another Roma party was held in the Heraklion area of Serres to welcome spring that coincides with the celebration of Saint George, Proto Thema reported.
They put the music on loudly, set tables inside and outside the houses and started to party as if the coronavirus pandemic does not exist.
Images from the Roma party were uploaded to Tik Tok.
They roasted lambs, danced all together and caused a stir.
For the partygoers – quarantine, restrictive measures, fines, bans and the spread of the pandemic, did not stand in the way of their celebrations.
The legal representative of several Roma families in northern Greece, Anthoula Anasoglou, told Proto Thema that, “it is known that the biggest celebration of Roma is Saint George, whom they consider their guardian and protector. But let them not forget that we are at the heart of a pandemic, from which we are called to come out with timid and careful steps. The discipline shown by their own people in the settlement of Nea Smyrni in Larissa must be adopted by all. Characterised by the state as a vulnerable class, they embraced the measures and followed the instructions of the ministries,” she said.
In a call for Roma people to adhere to lockdown laws in Greece and follow the recommendations of the state, the president of the Thessalian Federation of Roma found a shocking way to express it earlier this month, as reported by Greek City Times.
In a statement on a local TV station, he not only asked for support from the state, but urged his fellow Roma people “to not go out, make plans to steal or beg to bring money to feed the family.”
There are 110,000 Roma living in 371 communities in Greece according to government data, however it is estimated that the truer number is closer to 300,000. The discrepancy is because the 110,000 are urban dwellers who have registered with the state, while the remainder continue to live in tents and have not registered themselves or their children’s births.