Monday, 14 September 2020

14th September

 An important day in Greece.  


In the Orthodox, and other churches, it is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  This is a day of fasting but we are allowed to eat salt cod and garlic sauce.  Bacaliaros skorthalia.  It is also a feast day for those named Stavros or Stavroula.  I've been to a many a name day celebration where the main dish is an over flowing platter of fried cod. It's always served with a big dish of garlic sauce. Soaked bread mixed with loads of crushed garlic, olive oil and vinegar.


Church goers today bring a bouquet of basil to the church.  The basil is blessed and taken home to make the year's sourdough sponge.  The basil is placed in water for 3 days and then the herb is discarded and the water  mixed with flour.  Of course for the starter to bubble and rise the housewife should have been to confession and if its the wrong time of the month for her then she'll have to wait for next year and borrow some of her neighbour's sourdough starter.


14th September is also the commemoration of the Genocide of the Greeks of  Asia Minor.  In a drive by Turkey to create a Turkey for the Turks they slaughtered hundreds of thousands of  Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians.


14 September 2020 is also the day schools across Greece finally open up for lessons in the classroom.  My grandchildren went to school in masks to be blessed by the local Priests and find out what's happening in the classrooms and playgrounds this school year.





10 comments:

  1. A date of much celebration in Greece.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Almost every day there is a reaspn to celebrate !

      Delete
  2. So many wonderful traditions over there.

    ReplyDelete
  3. All your traditions sound very time consuming; maybe they prevent you from other naughtiness.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe there is work involved but celebrations, dancing, drinking , feasting always follow!!

      Delete
  4. I suspect quite the opposite to Cro's suggestion. You can engage in as much naughtiness as you like because with all the right rituals you can be absolved of it (and be clean to start all over again) instead of carrying it around like Protestant guilt and shame. The garlic sauce is great though, I've had it on fried eggplant.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are right!! There is always dancing, laughter and social interaction.
      We eat this with beetroot too and with other kinds of fish. The more garlic the better

      Delete
  5. We have garlic sauce on everything lol
    Home made is best. But I cheat and buy it already made

    ReplyDelete