Friday, 17 April 2020
Good Orthodox Friday
The strictest day of fasting in the Orthodox calendar.
K peels endless small, boiled shrimp. He eats a handful at lunchtime with boiled potatoes, tomatoes, olives and a slice of bread.
Even olive oil is off the menu today and this is one day that he drinks no alcohol.
A very quiet day. We are well away from the big churches in town so we did not hear the slow toll of the bells all day long, in mourning for Christ. There was no candlelight parade through town this evening, no church service in the central square.
We went out today in the car for the first time in a month. We dumped a car load of garden rubbish and then did a quick tour of town, with ID cards and permit papers on hand. There were people out and about, especially up where we live and groups walking along the harbour road. All getting their daily exercise? There were no police checks.
From tomorrow at 9pm till Easter Monday at 9pm all fines are doubled for non essential travel to discourage groups of easter revellers.
Tomorrow is Saturday of Easter. There will be no gatherings to receive the holy light at midnight and we will eat our tripe soup alone. And so begins a very quiet Orthodox easter weekend