The Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
In the Greek Orthodox church this is one of the big feast days. But not in the way of eating. It's a day of strict fasting, like Good Friday. No oil and absolutely no, meat, fish, eggs or dairy. Too bad if it's your name day. You'll be celebrating with grilled octopus and squid and sharing out almond cakes and dark chocolate with nuts. But, there's no limit on the ouzo, wine and raki.
We ate liver and onions.
K, although a very traditional greek, is exempted from these rules and regulations for health reasons.
My sister in law went to the little church at the end of the harbour with a bunch of basil and brought back Holy water to sprinkle round the house. Everyone takes basil to church on this day. It's a holy plant because when Empress Helena discovered the true cross there was a basil plant growing there.
In older days and even now the good greek housewife will place her blessed bunch of holy basil in a basin of water, leave it to soak for a few days and make sourdough starter from the liquid. Don't bother if you're a young woman and it's your time of the month. It won't work, so they say.
Schools opened on the 13th. All my younger grandchildren have to do covid tests twice a week until they are vaccinated and wear masks during lessons. They are allowed to take them off during breaks and gym out in the yard.
They are all down on the list to be vaccinated and hopefully that will happen this week. At least they won't then need to do those twice weekly tests.