Thursday, 1 May 2014

Kalo Mina - Máios ...

Kalo Mina - Good Month - Máios - May ...

ΚΑΛΗ ΠΡΩΤΟΜΑΓΙΑ - Good 1st May ...

No don't pick me ...
Today, junior will be out collecting spring flowers, to hang on the front door, Summer is officially here.

In Greece, children go out to collect flowers, to make into posies or wreaths. as today is the Festival of Flowers. Its a tradition which involves decorating houses, cars and even pets in flowers. A tradition that is said to be linked to the ancient Greek goddess, Demeter, who controlled the harvest and the earth’s fertility.

Our offering to Demeter ...
In Greece, as in most of Europe it is also International Workers’ Day. This day celebrates the achievements of the working people and their trade unions. Here on Skiathos the communist party, will be hosting a party on the steps of the Bourtzi from 11am. This usually involves lots of loud music, and not a lot of people taking much notice.

Nationally, as well as being a public holiday, its a 'national strike day' so we are expecting Banks, the Post office to be closed. The Ferries are strangely supposed to be operating, it should be a quiet day - unless you are near the loudspeakers on the Bourtzi.

Elsewhere the cleaning, flossing,  painting, pressure washing, and varnishing continues for tomorrows tourist invasion. We had a boat full of trippers from the mainland yesterday as the first Elizabeth cruise arrived. They followed the tour guide, holding an umbrella aloft two by two as if going to the ark. However everyone else around was in overalls, or had a brush in hand. It must be quite hard to get lost in these circumstances.

I could not help but laugh at another long range forecast request, for the weather in Skiathos yesterday. Even in UK you cannot forecast two to three weeks ahead accurately. Rest assured it should be better here than there ...

May Day 2014 ...
So being a strike day, We had an afternoon bonding session down at the Big Bad Wolf in Koukounaries. Table for 28 or so, all Greek with the exception of us.


Being Greeks, Not a Mythos in sight, they were all on the Mighty Alfa ...


May day is going out in style though, after a lovely warm afternoon, a torrential rain shower ...

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1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    Are you aware of this?
    http://tripinview.com/#/presentation/1285/?video=106398
    Use map to see heli view (video and photos) of most of Greek coastline.
    Cheers,
    Nik

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