THE SOCIETY

Created in 1978, with much love by the villagers, with a goal of resurrecting and preserving the folklore and tradition of the land. It took its name from a village story from 1782.

Mermingas was a poor boy who loved one of the daughters of Condestratsi. She loved him as well, but she was not allowed to marry him, as he was poor. So he decided to migrate. He left for Vlachia so that he could become an equal of Condestratsi.



One of the first events of the society concerned the reintroduction of the tradition of Maskara in 1978 during the period of the carnival, which had stopped being organized in 1956, as a result of the intense migration of the population especially after the earthquake of 1953 that was so destructive to Kefallonia. A dance group was organized and from then on until recently the tradition of Maskarata was reintroduced. The preservation of the rich artistic and dance tradition of the land is up to the present day one of the most significant activities of the society.

 


Despite originating from a relatively small village with few inhabitants, the society boasts three dance groups, one made up of children, one for adolescents and one for adults with a total of approximately fifty amateur dancers.

The teaching of local and other traditional dances takes place on a regular basis and at the same time during various celebrations within and outside the district the groups are able to present their work.

The revival of the myth of Mermingas, a fact which was noted in the programme of Nestoras Matsas in 1979, as well as the organization of the other celebrations (the Monday after Easter, the Kefallonian fiesta) made up one more field of activity of the society of Mermingas.

The establishment of a workshop for teaching children musical instruments, the beautification of the community areas, the publication of a newspaper, the support towards inhabitants of the settlement who needed it as well as the push for the creation of a cultural center with a goal of organizing cultural events are a few more of the activities of the society.

The most significant thing, however, that we must mention is the role played by the society in the bond and unity of the village. The zest and love for the land, for Fragata, has been transferred by the society from generation to generation.