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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Clocks ... fall back one hour on Sun.
  • [02] Archaeological sites closed 8.00-12.00 on Wednesday
  • [03] Rare ex-voto retablos from Hellenic Nobel Museum on display in Poland

  • [01] Clocks ... fall back one hour on Sun.

    Daylight Saving Time in Greece and the rest of the EU in 2010 ends at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, when clocks will be reset one hour back to read 3 a.m.

    The Daylight Saving Time or "summer time" measure is based on the 2000/84 European Parliament directive and the 10/1/2001 Council decision.

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    [02] Archaeological sites closed 8.00-12.00 on Wednesday

    -p/ll museums and archaeological sites will remain closed on Wednesday from 8am to 12 noon due to a Hellenic Federation of antiquities guards' work stoppage in support of the Culture Ministry employees' mobilisations, which are continuing for a second consecutive week.

    Moreover, all Culture Ministry permanent employees will be on strike on Wednesday.

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    [03] Rare ex-voto retablos from Hellenic Nobel Museum on display in Poland

    Rare ex-voto retablos from the private collection of the Hellenic Nobel Museum are featured in an exhibition titled "Ex-votos of Europe", currently on display at the Borderland Museum Gallery (Galeria Ofycina) in Lubaczow, Poland, the Greek participation in which was organised by the Academy of Athens' Hellenic Folklore Research Center.

    The soon-to-be-completed Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection in the Halandri suburb of Athens, the life's work of Prof. Giorgio S. Marcou, is the owner of an impressive collection of rare ex-voto retablos, in addition to the Nobel collection and 162 smaller collections.

    The Hellenic Nobel Museum is exhibiting just a small sample of its ex-voto retablos collection at the Lubaczow exhibition, which also features ex-votos from the collection of UNESCO-Hellas president emeritus Nicos Papageorgiou. Similar exhibitions are also taking place in Latin America and Europe.

    Ex-voto retablos are devotional or votive paintings, in vivid colors, often painted on tin, leather or wood panels, that give thanks to Christ, the Virgin Mother or a saint for their protection in a threatening situation or intercession in a cause prayed for, and which depict the situation, often with an inscribed explanation of the event, date and location. They may be placed at a shrine as a votive offering or kept at home, displayed in a place of honor.

    Widespread in Latin America, the ex-voto retablo, or lamina, is a form of folk art that frequently uses iconography deriving from traditional Catholic Church art. It is similar in concept to the "tamata" of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches in general. Tamata (plural of tama), however, are usually small metal plaques, frequently of silver or gold, usually with an embossed image symbolising the subject of the prayer, or gratitude for a prayer answered, for which the plague is offered. Tamata are usually offered to an icon or church of a saint, Christ or the Virgin Mother.

    According to Hellenic Folklore Research Center director Dr. Ekaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki, who organised the Greek participation in the exhibition, "tama" is the practice of placating the higher forces with the offer of material or other gifts (devotions), a practice that has been in use since the times of primitive man.

    Caption: Ex-voto retablo giving thanks to the Virgin of Zapopan, patron saint of Guadalajara, Mexico. (ANA-MPA/Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection)

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