The local traditions of Anogeia.
The Anogians, living as they have been since ancient times in the inaccessible peaks of Psiloritis, have been preserved over the centuries from generation to generation, unchanged in their morals, customs, traditions and anthropological character.
Their language is full of ancient words and has preserved that singular and characteristic Doric accent; very old greek words can still be heard.
In general the inhabitants of Anogia take a deep pride in their place and its history. The people are enthusiastic and ready to join in dancing, have fun and be merry.
Driving through Anogeia you will see that the men of Anogeia still wear the traditional ‘Βράκα’ (Vraka), the baggy cretan trousers, tucked into their Στιβάνια (Stivania), the long black boots, in combination with the typical cretan head covering, the so called ‘Σαρíκια’ (Sarikia). Τhis black (head-)kerchief of special netted knit, edged with a fringe of tiny little knots, is tied around the head.
According to the legend the knots symbolize the ‘tears of Crete’, which symbolize the mourning over the people who were killed in the explosion in the Arkadi Monastery during the uprisings against the Ottoman Turks.
Younger generations like to wear army clothes; to reinforce their proud and independent image.
You will also notice that many of the men wear moustaches -moustakia, this is considered a very proud cretan custom. The cars parked around the village are mostly pick-up trucks. Handy for olive collection, sheep transportation and other agricultural activities.