Friday, 18 April 2014

Μεγάλη Παρασκευή - Holy Friday ...

Καλη Ανασταση απο Σκιαθο !!!

The mourning bell started ringing from around 12:30 pm ...


Earlier this morning, we were given fresh sprigs of Rosemary. Here is mine with some Tsoureki - Easter bread, a gift from our neighbour Maria.

The roses are from a wild bush in an old ruin, I pick some every year. Their scent is amazing, when I pick them, I think about who lived there, and enjoyed them many years ago ...


Many of the ladies will wrap the rosemary sprigs in handkerchiefs, held close to their nose today, to mask the smell of death.  It reminds us of the special meaning of the day. Shops and businesses should close from midday. Anyone working afterwards may well be frowned upon - or fall upon the spell of the evil eye ...

Both churches were open early, and ladies were cleaning, and preparing and decorating the epitaphios.

Here in Skiathos they follow the old tradition, and its magic to be here with your neighbours, walking the town tonight, in a candlelit procession at 4am.

That's what I will be doing tonight, along with the Boomerangers. Wherever you went yesterday afternoon, you bumped into the Boomerangers having fun ...

Stig Pelle & their better halves, were at Kabourelia for a late lunch, before moving on to Archontiko for supper. Phil & Sheila, having arrived on the flying Cat, touched base at Kabourelia, before going to Panagia Limania church, with their Skiathos family. Val & Kev, were heading towards taverna Batis, closely followed by Malcolm. Angela also heading towards Batis to meet up with the gang.

No sign of Leslie just yet, but she was out and about early, and I am sure we will bump into her sooner rather than later ...

In the process, I needed to book the table for Saturdays 'get together' ...

So I walked in and said the magic words, every taverna owner wants to hear ...

'The Boomerang club would like to come for lunch, on Saturday. Can I book a table' ?
Yes Ioannis no problem, How many ?
19 so far - is that OK ?

I wish I had my camera .................

So the Boomeranger's are getting into the swing of it. Its all warming up nicely, for another long day socialising today, a long walk tonight, probably a wet one, and the Boomeranger's lunch the day after ...

Wish you were here ? ...

Later update:

We have had some light rain and Thunder this afternoon, the forecast is not brilliant for tonight. Its more like an Ionian Pasca this afternoon, than a Skiathos one ...

Tries Hieraches - 21:00hrs and the epitaphios is all prepared for its journey



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1 comment:

  1. love hearing about all the Greek traditions and seeing the wonderful photos! Yes I do wish I was there! :-)

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