Agiou Pnevmatos, The Holy Spirit
40 days after the Easter rising of Christ. For forty days the greeting should have been, and once was, Christos Anesti (Christ is Risen) and the answer Alithos Anesti (Truly he is Risen) instead of Kalimera (Good Morning). Now we can go back to Kalimera. Only the priests and truly religious follow this practice now.
Orthodox Whit Monday, Agiou Pnevmatos, was yesterday, a public holiday. Beautiful weather, long weekend, schools have just closed, I was surprised the island wasn't awash with visitors from the big city.
There are plenty of people around, Greeks and tourists, walking up and down, but not enough to fray my nerves and send me heading for my quiet home in the hills.
Saturday was All Spirits Saturday when bowls of funeral wheat are taken to church to be blessed and then handed out, in paper bags with a plastic spoon, in remembrance of your dear beloved, gone but not forgotten, The priest will go down to the cemetary and bless their graves for a few euros, or even none at all.
Christmas music #2. - The hills on the far side of the bay coated in thick snow. At sunrise the light catches them and they glow first purple then salmon pink. The weather ...
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