Feast Day of St Dimitris
Patron Saint of the northern city of Thessaloniki, capital of the district of Macedonia, Greek Macedonia
Name day of Dimitris, Dimitra and Danae
We have quite a few members of the family who celebrate name days on the 26th. Younger family members. They no longer continue the old tradition of open house and revelling long into the night. The tradition was changing anyway but the economic crisis hit these festivities on the head. Nowaday our kids have a few drinks with close friends.
In days gone by we had half of the island traipsing through the house on K's name day and the party went on till the last guest staggered home or the police arrived.
We still have a small gathering for family and close friends on K's name day and kill the fatted goat but only because he is a very traditonal person and follows the old greek customs to the letter
Just to make a small diversion
While I was looking at Thesaurus.com to avoid using the word 'tradition' for the umpteenth time I came across the 'word of the day
- horripilation -
WTF I learnt a new word today
a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold or fear
And now on to the flags
Greek National Day
On this day in 1940 Greek Prime Minister gave a resounding NO to Mussolini's demand that Greece allow the Italian army to occupy the country. The Italians immediately invaded over the Albanian border but were driven back by a fierce resistance
Today there will be parades, speeches, wreath laying all over the country and anywhere in the world where Greeks have settled.
Heroic films are shown on most tv channels, school children on Friday had a half day to recite poems, sing songs commemorating the heroes and we put up our flag outside the house
Flying the flag at our house
The cenotaph is ready, decked out with blue and white greek flags
You'll see the flag everywhere there is a patriotic greek
At the table next to us in the cafe
This is the naval flag of greece, a white cross on a blue background