>> Friday, March 4, 2016 – 25 March Independence Day, Carnival, Clean Monday, Dodecanese Day, Greek Easter, Kites, Lent, March weather
|Symi's war memorial is just to the left of the tall white flight of steps. You can see the flags are up, ready for Monday's Dodecanese Day commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony.|
|Cheerful bunting on a grey day. It will stay up until after the Independence Day celebrations on 25 March.|
|Oranges in a garden on the Kali Strata.|
|The oak tree in Lieni, Chorio, is unfurling for a new year.|
|Breakfast on the hoof in a car park in Chorio.|
|This season's 'must have' plastic tablecloth design has pomegranates on it. I think I might treat myself to a couple of metres to cheer up my kitchen.|
|An extremely narrow lane in Chorio. Regulars to the island may be able to identify where it is.|
|Random colours in Chorio.|
Monday, as I have mentioned previously, is Dodecanese Day, a holiday celebrated only in the Dodecanese. The bunting is up around the harbour and now that the rain has cleared there are dozens of happy, squealing children, practicing their marching skills for the parade on Monday. Yesterday was Tsiknopempti - Smokey Thursday. This marks the start of the carnival season with lots of grilled meat. The evening showers held off until the BBQs were over so no one had soggy souvlaki. Usually the carnival festivities fall in February but Greek Easter is quite late this year, falling at the beginning of May, so March is full of holidays and celebrations. The supermarkets are starting to get in more stock, much of it traditional seasonal fare for the forthcoming holidays such as that staple fasting food - sesame halvah in a wide range of flavours, including a version that is coated with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has always been called health chocolate here. What with that and the pomegranates, the Greeks have always been ahead of the game when it comes to superfoods!
Have a good weekend.