Good Friday 2009

Greek Easter without red rain is a rare Easter indeed. The weather has remained favourable and even the showers on Wednesday were unusually clean. Symi is bright with flowers and bustling with people as many Symiots working elsewhere have returned home for the holidays. Today is Good Friday and tonight there will be the traditional solemn candlelit processions of the funerary biers through all the parishes, accompanied by fire crackers to keep the devil at bay. Many Symiots are fasting today and as one woman said to us this morning, it really is difficult to bake all those trays of sugar cookies and cheese pies when you cannot sample them until Sunday. At midnight on Saturday night the Resurrection will be celebrated with great joy and a lot of noise. As Toby mentioned in his blog recently, Greek television even gives DIY demonstrations for making your own rockets…

There is a taboo on manual work such as carpentry and metal work over Easter as these trades are connected with the crucifixion so the workshops of Symi are closed until Tuesday next week when the holiday weekend is over. Instead Easter Sunday and Monday are spent roasting lamb and feasting in celebration of the Resurrection.


Kalo Pasca to all our Orthodox readers and a peaceful weekend to everyone else!

Regards,

Adriana

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.


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