This thread is too give you and run up to Easter in Roda and Sfakera and the events taking place. Easter falls the same time as the UK this year, Easter Sunday being 16th April.
This week we have Burnt Thursday which is the time Lent begins. Many here, especially the older, observe Lent and will avoid meat until Easter Sunday. In view of this they have a large meat meal the day before fasting begins. In Sfakera there is a bouzouki night on Thursday, they are having pork and lamb chops on the menu as well as grilled meats.
An update and correction on the original post. Lead up to Easter in fact began on 5th February this year with the start of Apokries. This is when the opening of the book of the Triodion takes place (the 3 Holy sacrements).
Thurday 16th is the beginning of Tsiknopempti which marks the final week of meat eating until after Lent. Often known as meat week. Tsikna is the smell of burning meat. Custom for everyone to charcoal grill meat, melt fat over so the smell of 'burning' meat spreads over the village. Nowdays many go to the taverna for this meal and it is accompanied by live music. Others will head to grill rooms. In Roda the grills and Drosia will be busy.
The Tsiknopempti bouzouki night was a great one going on well past 3am, the were several such nites around Roda and the nightclub was open.
Tsiknopempti starts the 2 weeks of Carnival, in the style of Venice. Various events, parades, music, dance, theatre take place in town and the larger villages. It ends with the King Carnival parade on 26th February.
We are now in period known as cheesefare being the last few days when dairy products can be eaten before Lent. Most nights vespers in church, with matins in the mornings. This is last week of Triodion leading up to the fouth and final Sunday of the period, Forgiveness Sunday or Cheesefare Sunday.
Today is Forgiveness Sunday the last day of Apokries which began back on 5th February with the opening of book of the Triodion. Yesterday was the last day to get married in Church until after the end of Lent, in fact old tradition says any marriage on the last day will be an unhappy one! Although Carnival worldwide ends Shrove Tuesday (also called Mardi Gras, that day is not celebrated by Eastern Orthodox so this weekend is the end of Carnival with many larger villages having Carnival today as well as Corfu Town. More of that later.
Well it is grey but with warm winds 19c so Carnival went ahead. Just as i was readying to leave for Nymphes i could hear music, car horns. Shortly the procession of floats, pulled by tractor or 4x4 came into sight and slowly drove past before turning into Sfakera village. Noisey, happy groups dressed in an array of costumes with different themes, playing music, talking through loud hailers. At the end as i predicted was a 15 foot high Donald Trump who clearly was the effigy for the later bonfire. The noise spooked my young dogs who hid in back garden before hiding under bed in house, i stayed to calm them rather than drive to Nymphes content with having seen the floats. Just as the dogs were venturing back outside, 90 minutes or so later the floats returned on the way back and the dogs retreated indoors to hide. At 6.40pm a shower arrived but at least Carnival parades had been completed. Hope the rain clears away for Clean Monday tomorrow which sadly has been affected by poor weather most years recently.
Clean Monday is today and the weather looks fine. Here locals believe it signals the start of spring and it is the start of Lent in the eastern Orthodox Church. Known in Greek as Kathara Deftera.
For the religious observers fasting starts, no meat, fish, eggs, dairy or even oil.
It is a Bank Holiday and it is traditional in Corfu for families to picnic, either on the beach or in the hills, and for the children to fly kites.
The Lenten picnic included vegetables, pulses, greens (hence sometimes called Green Monday), octopus, cuttlefish, squid, prawns and mussels. Accompanied with pickles, taramasalata and the special lenten bread baked this day only called Lagana, large and round and flat like a foucaccia topped with sesame seeds, nice both warm straight from the bakers or cold with picnic.
The fast continues until Easter Sunday. Greeks have 2 breaks in the fast, the traditional one on Palm Sunday but also one on 25th March to celebrate Independence Day.
In the village taverna in Sfakera today they are only serving octopus, squid, cuttlefish, prawns and mussels with the Lagana. The same will be elsewhere in tavernas.
Today is Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras or pancake day not observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church. For the Christian and Catholic church it is a movable day 7 weeks prior to Easter Monday. Shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning absolve as it is last day for 'fat eating ' before their Lent. Traditionally people eat pancakes and in many countries there are Carnivals.
Looking back on Clean Monday, glorious sunshine this year and slight breeze ideal for kite flying. Many families out for lunch rather than picnic, Drosia was packed, the coffee shops full as many were also out walking. Others ventured to Acharavi where some Tavernas, such as Lemon Garden, opened for the day. The open bars in Roda, Tropicana, Nemos, Oscars and Pirates were all busy. There were a few family groups picnicking on the beach, one group using the shelter at the taxi rank to lay out their food.
Back in the village, To Neon, was also with families having a Lenten meal.o
Today is Ash Wednesday but again there are no special significance in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the Catholic Church after mass, whilst up near the alter, the Priest puts a cross of ash on your forehead.The ash comes from the burning of the palm leaves used the previous Palm Sunday. This blessing, you are not meant to wash the ash away, is followed by all observing Catholics.
For the Christian and Catholic faiths today is the beginning of Lent.
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
Jan 14, 2020 12:41:51 GMT 2
kaz: All ok thanks jan, just typed a reply but it didn't send
Apr 1, 2020 11:52:44 GMT 2
kaz: Now I know how to SEND !!......Rosie is in London with family and \I miss her ( no visitors allowed now so I have no idea when she will be home?) all well this end..nobody walking by so \I only have the birds to watch and TV of course but the news v gloomy
Apr 1, 2020 11:57:36 GMT 2
kaz: Well how is everyone enjoying the LOCKDOWN???....I am bored already, only some many crossword books one can do,,(wish \I took up knitting!!)
Apr 2, 2020 21:40:24 GMT 2
kaz: Oooops pressed wrong key, back now................|Is Roda free of the |Virus??, I hope so then we can get bsck to normal once we have beenclearedd
Apr 2, 2020 21:46:17 GMT 2
kaz: I hope you are all keeping well and free of this terrible virus...take care...Kaz
Apr 4, 2020 10:03:59 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Pam....have you managed to get on this forum...Janet
Apr 8, 2020 20:01:54 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz Greece so far has escaped the worst of the virus, but it is a very strict lock down.
Apr 14, 2020 19:21:06 GMT 2
kaz: Hi janiemou......same here, another 3wks lockdown, so boring, only so much housework one can do!!!!..so \I am doing crossword puzzles and looking out of the window to see if anyone walking by...nope, not a soul.....lovely sunny day so that's a blessing..
Apr 17, 2020 11:45:54 GMT 2
kaz: No news here, just boring with nowhere to go??,Still in lockdown, for how long we don't know..take care all, enjoy Roda xx
Apr 21, 2020 19:53:44 GMT 2
artisans: Kaz - Jan sent you PM
Apr 26, 2020 18:18:34 GMT 2
maudy2: I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and not going too stir crazy during all this turmoil 🤞🏼
May 13, 2020 18:11:18 GMT 2
maudy2: We’ve saved quite a lot of money not being able to go to the pub here so more to spend in the bars in Roda when we are finally allowed to go .
May 13, 2020 18:12:30 GMT 2
maudy2: Our son and family are booked to go in July 7th but not looking likely for them sadly due to uk rules😔
May 13, 2020 18:15:46 GMT 2
maudy: Hoping you are all safe and well wherever you are
May 29, 2020 14:52:38 GMT 2
janiemou: I am safe and well in Roda and intend to continue my life here. I will of course be visiting my family in the UK as Steve and I have a great grandchild for me to meet.
Jun 17, 2020 20:30:39 GMT 2