Sometimes during an event we feel very intensely “God, it’s so beautiful! I wish more people could attend it!” That’s how we felt last Friday at the Lykeion during our event on Greek tradition.
The guide was amazing, she switched from English to German and then to French without hesitating when she saw that it would be easier for some of our friends to follow what she was saying.
The things she told us were extremely interesting,we saw costumes
their hospitality and friendliness,…it was all so beautiful!
We loved it, we loved being with all of you and getting you into our life and culture. We like your openness, your interest in learning more about the country you live in,either permanently or temporarily, and we are here to offer you more chances to do that. Don’t think that we are the only ones who offer,we learn from you as well,we learn about your cultures, we want to meet you because we like open-minded people wherever they come from.Thanks for your participation and we are confident we will see you again at our next event. Don’t forget,we’ve only just begun!
You can’t imagine how excited I am!
I’ve just come home from the centre of Athens where I visited the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, which was founded in 1911 in Greece by Callirroe Parren,
All we can tell you is that you will just love it!!!
The event has to be on a Friday evening, we’ll tell you why later.
What we need you to do is write us to say whether you’re interested and when.
All our photos and info. have been taken from the Lyceum’s annual publications
artist: Spyros Vassiliou
As we have said before, we always wish ‘KALO’ something or other, and these days can be no exception to the rule.
This wish means ” Happy Lent” and it refers to Kathari Deftera( Clean Monday) when we start fasting. Now “fasting” means
very specific food that we eat on that day: seafood, pickles, taramosalata, vegetables, and a special flat bread called “lagana” that bakeries sell only on that day.
The day calls for family outings in the country and the flying of kites. When we were kids we used to make our own kites and compete with other kids in the neighbourhood over whose kite could fly higher, but that’s all over now, baby blue…
So, if the weather allows and if on Kathari Deftera you’re in Athens, go either to your area’s Koulouma feast or go to Filopappos hill near the Acropolis to see the traditional celebration.
PS. Go to the bakery early Monday morning to get your lagana bread, it may be crowded later.
If you want to eat at a tavern, call and make sure they provide Sarakostiana( Lent food).
As you can see in the photos, we always used to enjoy Carnival, especially when we were little and innocent! Carnival in Greece is a popular holiday with some history behind it (of course!), as in ancient times it was associated with Dionyssos, the god of wine and feast. Obviously, this god is still celebrated here, that’s why we have lots of fun these days. Later on, the Orthodox church incorporated this holiday in its tradition to mark the beginning of no – meat – eating time, which officially starts the weekend after “ Burnt Thursday”, that is today (4/2). Today, dear friends, is paradise for meat lovers. All taverns serve meat, people go out and eat as much as they can, so, if you are a vegetarian, choose a fish tavern or stay at home and enjoy your “tofu” in peace. After this day conscientious believers don’t eat meat again until Easter Sunday!
Did you know that APOKRIES means apo-kreas, that is stay away from meat? Anyway, we are suggesting here
some events that you might like to attend, especially if you have kids who have to wear their carnival costume
somewhere and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, take them to Plaka, or Zappion, or….(we know, we’ve been there…)
Sun.7/2, Sat. 13/2, and
Sun. 14/2 there will be a party for children at Zappeion 10.30-4.30 with Djs, floats, stilt walkers, jugglers.
Another event that we found appealing is the ATHENS ALLEYCAT CARNIVAL RACE. All you have to do is dress up, take your bike and meet them opposite REX THEATRE, on Panepistimiou avenue. To enter the race you have to pay 3 euros .Sunday 7/2 at 3pm.
Mind you, this is the second week of Carnival. After the end of the third week we celebrate Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) about which we’ll let you know in due time. Till then, let your hair down (dye it pink, even better), and join the parties!!!
we were determined to make the traditional Greek Christmas cookies called melomakarona and kourambiedes.
The task proved a highly challenging one…
…HOWEVER, WE MADE IT!!!
Even my mom, who, believe me, is a terribly strict judge, approved! The evening achieved its goal and we also had lots of fun, as you can guess from the photos.
We hope to see you as well next year!
CHRONIA POLLA !!
PS: the date on the photos is wrong due to malfunction of the camera
the team on the GO !
caster sugar on the kourambiedes is a must
moving on to… melomakarona mission
non-idle hands !
KE TOU CHRONOU (next year again !)