Last night after the service they paraded the cross with followers holding candles around the village. At midnight the bells toll, locals fire their guns, fireworks are set off, Lent is over. Very noisy before they rush indoors for their lamb soup.
Kala Pascha, today is Easter Sunday. Morning services with music in the alleyways of Town as every Church parade icon of Resurrection, the last parade at 10am from St Spiriodon Church. Town empties, everyone goes to their village or the countryside. Lamb is traditionally cooked on the spit, not easy in towns kandounia, hence countryside comes into its own. Often villagers will folow the Priest, children bearing the hexapteryga, standards with seraphs to a small chapel for mass. Villages cook spit roasted lamb or kokoretsi (the innards and offal tied by the intestine to to spit roasted), i will joining in at Sfakera taverna. Today the news has advised cook early as rains due mid afternoon.
Καλό Πάσχα, everyone - hope the rain held off Dave. We spent an hour in Pompei this afternoon watching lightening strike Mt Vesuvius! Thankfully it passed over and we were sure again that all the noise was down to thunder! Tomorrow, it’s off to Paestum to see the Greek temples ....
The rain did indeed keep away, a cloudy humid day. A morning walk on the beach yesterday saw lambs roasting on the spit outside Pirates and Harbour Bar, music over speakers in street at Dolphin. In Sfakera the meal was delicious and plentiful, with red eggs sat on a koulari for all. Spiros clearly had a dodgy egg as he beat everyone using just the one egg! After al had eaten including Spiros and family there was greek dancing. A really nice late afternoon and evening.
Easter Monday and there are services everywhere especially in the villages. Many including Nymphes and Karousades having processions today from their churches some with philharmonics others with choirs and dancers. In larger villages or where 2 are close there is a split with a second procession on Tuesday. In Sidari and a few other places the event is on Friday or even Low Sunday. From Viros they march, then take boats to Mouse Island. Many of these events are followed by either a feast or a festival. A list of the places and days can be found on Corfupress.com but not times.
If anyone reading this thread wishes to visit for the 2018 Easter celebrations then it is early with Easter Sunday being 8th April.
If staying in Town it is advisable to book early for central or cheaper hotels. Some are already taking bookings. Flights start near end of March, Ryanair a few days before Easyjet. Again to get cheaper prices it is advisable to book immediately the flights are issued, usually in August, just log onto the website and they will email you when they are published.
I wish but if you celebrate it on 8th April I won't be able to be there but it's one year and everything can change. And but the way, what's about august 4 holidays? Do you wanna celebrate it too? I thing it can be funny and it's new for many people. So exiting!
Carnival reaches its climax today, a joint one with Peroulades and Velonades taking place in Velonades from 3pm. There is one in Nymphes from 3.30pm and also one in Karousades. The final bug parade in Corfu Town is also this afternoon.
Tomorrow Lent begins with Clean Monday, kite flying and picnics if the weather allows. Roda beach has had the seaweed pushed to the shore to make the beach ckean for the kite flyers. The food this day is Lenten bread, taramasalata, shellfish, squid, octopus, vegetables.
This Sunday 1st April is Palm Sunday here. There will be the usual Parade in Corfu Town. The 3 Philharmonic Bands will all be marching but this year, for the first time in about 20 years, they are to form a massed band for the final march along the Liston. This will he some 500 players and will be a great sight, and sound making a visit doubly worthwhile.
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