Important Thursday???

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Important Thursday???

Postby KateD » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:05 pm

Hi all,
Today we were invited to a village party at lunchtime in Paidohori where we live. It seemed to be a big do! We asked what it was for and they said it was 'something' Thursday but we couldn't work out what they were telling us in Greek. The priest was there! As we were the only English there and very few of the locals speak any English we were completely flummoxed! Any ideas?

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby YoMo2 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:14 pm

Τσικνοπεμπτη! Or Smoky Thursday, as it translates roughly. Two Thursdays before Clean Monday. Like most of these "feasts", it's origins may be a little hazy, but I think it's a celebration of the God Dionysus. Traditionally celebrated by stuffing ones face with lots of grilled meat, plus of course plentiful alcohol.

Next year, you'll be ready.

Andrew
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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby Mackie » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:34 pm

KateD wrote:Hi all,
Today we were invited to a village party at lunchtime in Paidohori where we live. It seemed to be a big do! We asked what it was for and they said it was 'something' Thursday but we couldn't work out what they were telling us in Greek. The priest was there! As we were the only English there and very few of the locals speak any English we were completely flummoxed! Any ideas?


It's my 2nd favorite day in Crete after Easter and sadly I missed it :lol:
U
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http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/02 ... lled-meat/

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby Kilkis » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:44 pm

A group of us are going to our local taverna tonight. Instead of the usual menu it is restricted to meat from the grill. If you wander round any large town this evening you will see lots of people barbecuing meat on the balconies in the apartment blocks where they have no other outside space. Everywhere smells of barbecued meat. It must be a nightmare evening for any vegetabalists.

On Clean Monday in just over a week the fish tavernas will be packed. A couple of years ago a group of us went to Apostolis by the old harbour and it was completely full upstairs and down. People were queuing to get in at 4pm when we left.

Warwick

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby moggieman » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:49 pm

Warwick Missed out again. !!!!


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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby KateD » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:02 pm

Thanks all of you, that makes sense! There was soooo much meat and everyone who came in brought a flagon of their own homemade wine which they went round the room giving us all shots which we had to down in one! One guy said his bottle was 41 years old, it nearly took the skin off your throat!!! Things got a bit hazy towards the end :lol:

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby Jeffstclair » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:30 pm

Enjoy .....

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby Carolina » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:50 am

Read all about Apokries - the carnival period - and important dates, including Clean Monday, here: -
http://www.livingincrete.net/apokries.html

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Re: Important Thursday???

Postby Kilkis » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:35 pm

It is probably a bit pedantic but, with reference to the Apokreas information on the LiC main site, it would be better to describe the Lenten diet as "abstinence" rather than "fasting". Fasting means not eating or eating drastically less food. For example Muslims fast during daylight hours in the period of Ramadan. Abstinence means avoiding certain foods. Apart from a couple of days where fasting is practised, most of Lent is a period of "abstinence".

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