Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tsiknopempti time is here ...

This post is not suitable for Vegans, Vegetarians or any tree huggers ...

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Today its Tsiknopempti - Thursday of meat week in Apokreas (Greek carnival)

Tsikna is the smell of burning meat. It was the custom on Tsikonpempti for everyone (including the poor) to charcoal grill meat, and to melt fat over it so the smell of  'burning' meat permeated whole village.

It is still the tradition to eat meat on Tsiknopempti, although nowadays it is usual, to go to a taverna for the meat feast (Perhaps a few glasses of wine). You'll find that taverna's everywhere, are packed and many have live music too

(Some of it impromptu and more raucous as the afternoon progresses) ...

Καλές αποκριες ...
Tsiknopempti is the beginning of the last weekend that observant Greek Orthodox Church followers can eat meat prior to Lent. Because of this, Tsiknopempti is often known as ‘Grilled or Charred Thursday’ The‘Feast of the Carnivores’ as everyone heads out to the taverna's to feast on their favourite grilled meat dishes, eating as many different varieties as possible!

You are also quite likely to find a BBQ set up in the street ...

Apokreas means literally saying goodbye to meat – 'Apoxh apo kreas' …
In Latin the roots of the word Carnival has the same meaning – ‘carne’ is meat and ‘vale’ goodbye.

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#Tsiknopempti: The day #Greece is covered with smoke http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2017/02/16/tsiknopempti-the-day-greece-is-covered-with-smoke/#.WKXNkAAS8o4.twitter

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