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The Flax Harvest Festival at the first light of the longest day of the year, June 21 2014. Reviving the ancient ceremony of producing flax – Mission Penelope Gandhi

In 2014 an event of great importance took place. Flax was cultivated anew in Crete. Flax cultivation was common until the late 19th century and was still familiar until it gradually died out 50 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of Penelope Gandhi, flax-growing was revived this year for the first time and will continue next year. The event forms part of Penelope Gandhi’s efforts to revive traditional ways of acquiring weaving yarn.