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Saturday, August 7, 2010

In Crete, 65 Years after Hiroshima, Two Hundred Thousand People Join Hands for Peace

Source: Ta NEA


As the sun sets today, the 7th of August, the day after the 65th anniversary of the tragedy of Hiroshima, a line of dancers will spread across the island of Crete on the national road from Hania to Agios Nikolaos...

They will form a  human chain embracing the island of Crete  for a length of 200,000 metres in an embrace which hopes to spread the word for peace and brotherhood to every part of the planet.

It is very fitting that this exceptional happening will be hosted by the island of Crete, whose civilisation is one of the oldest in the western world, and whose people contributed much to the Allied victory in the Second World War.

The organizers are the non-profit organization 'Planet Crete', and they hope that the event will make it into the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest one of its kind in the world, involving over 250,000 people, professional Cretan dancers and Friends of Crete.

During the event in Crete, similar events will be happening around Greece, in Syntagma in Piraeus and other cities, as well as in different parts of the world, from New Zealand to Alaska . 

Crete and the whole of Greece, with one voice or rather one step, will be sending out the message of love, peace and brotherhood to all the countries of the world,
inviting them to join in the dance and become “one with the dancers”.

Planet Crete hopes that this event will become an annual celebration of dance and brotherhood for the people of the world! 

Let's all help make it happen, in the way only we Greeks know how!

Let's all Dance!!

OPA!

More information can be found at Planet Crete


Ta Nea newspaper (the source of our picture above) featured this wonderful event as follows:

Περισσότεροι από 200.000 άνθρωποι θα χορέψουν το Σάββατο στον ρυθµό του πεντοζάλη, σχηµατίζοντας µια ανθρώπινη αλυσίδα που θα «αγκαλιάσει» την Κρήτη από άκρη σ' άκρη, στέλνοντας µηνύµατα συναδέλφωσης σε όλο τον κόσµο....

Read entire article in Greek from Ta Nea  



...And it was a success! 


More than 150,000 people held hands, forming a human chain from one side of the island to the other, and danced!  

“We feel proud. We believe we’ve set a new world record,” Spyros Prevezanos, head of the organizing group Planet Crete told Reuters. 

Tonight we sent a message of hope, which is not related to money. We proved that there are more important values.”

A Guinness World Records spokesman said no record for the biggest Greek dance had previously been set and organizers of Saturday’s event said they expected their world record bid to be accepted...  



Read full article at Reuters

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