Monday of Lent and the Carnival in Thassos
Every year on the first day of Lent, otherwise known as Clean Monday, or "Kathari Theftera", a large festival is held. People will start gathering, many in costume, and they start eating, drinking and dancing as they wait for the parade to begin. The wine is free and food is available for very low cost as well.
The parade starts about 2pm and lasts for about one and a half hours. The parade is made up of mostly locals dressed in costumes, floats, and dancers. Each float in the parade is different and has its own theme, and most all of them make fun in Greek rhymes of current events and situations depicting the politics and life of Greek society in general as well as other international events. These satirical verses and the performers' costumes get quite amusing for the spectators, whom you hear roaring in laughter many times.
All Saints Day 1st of November
On the eve of the 1st of November, All Saints Day, the women in the village prepare kourbani, a special meat boiled with cracked wheat. They prepare it in the churchyard and then distribute it to anyone who would like some after the church service. All Saints Day is also an important holiday for the Greek Orthodox Church because it is the day that they commemorate all saints, known and unknown
Hanging of Octopus on lines
It is a custom in Thassos as well as on any other island to hang the legs of octopus on lines to get dry.
Of course they put oil around it so that the bees and flies not go near it and hang them until they dry. In this way they don't smell at all. They wash them dry before putting them on the grill where they become an excellent meze to have with your ouzo on the rocks.
Ask for ouzo and some octopus at a local restaurant when you come here.
Or ask for a (Pikilia and ouzo). You will be brought different meze in a long dish.This can be dolmadakia, octopus, tzatziki, olives, tomato, cucumber and tirokafteri which is something like cheese and paprika which is very spicy and nice. Enjoy your meze!
Small chrches by the roads...
... mark that someone has died there probably in the car accident. I found the picture, name date of birth and dead on some. And most of them were not marked like that. Thers is a icon of the saint and place to lite a candle inside of those small churches. They are there also to remind you that you dont drive faster than life... The roads are curvy so be very careful.
The tap water is OK to drink, I did and nothing happened to me LOL You can also buy water in the supermarkets, I cant remember well but I think 6 1 liter bottles were less than 2 euros. So it is up to you.
This old boy spent his days at Costa's tavena making shell ornaments for the tourists. I don't know whether they were sold locally or sent elsewhere as our Greek wasn't sufficient to converse easily with him.
I felt a bit guilty that I didn't buy one but they were not really my thing and transporting it home would not have been easy.
Well, it was certainly a nice office to work from!!!
- Arts and Culture
Bathing Small Boys......
At Skala Rachoni we arrived at bath-time! The owner's son was being bathed in a large plastic bowl and certainly was not shy of his audience!!
Nowadays, we usually find one of these bowls in Greek accommodation bathrooms. I'm not sure whether we are supposed to bathe in them, wash our clothes or use them to catch the inevitable drips from one tap or another! I usually end up rinsing our swimwear through in them.
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Seafood on a string!
The locals use a very basic, albeit very effective way of preparing their seafood. They hang it up to dry! That may not sound very strange, but it is strange when one considers where they hang it... on the side of the road... where dogs roam, cars drive and people walk... As it is so hot in this region, it dries out quite quickly.
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220V 50Mhz, so depending where you come from, you might need an adapter to use your electrical devices.