Customs/ Ήθη και Έθιμα

A post about our country’s customs with some photos.
The first three photos are from carnival celebration. For about four weeks before Lent starts, we celebrate carnival. It’s a period of party, fun and meat eating before the long 40 fasting days begin. The last Friday of Carnival we allow children to dress up at school, their mothers brought a feast of food and we had a great time. Some teachers dressed up too as you can see…

The next picture labelled March 1st is of another custom of my country. Children wear these handmade bracelets, red and white to celebrate the beginning of Spring and to avoid to be burned by the sun! The little bracelets are called «Martis» (March).

The next two photos with the little breads are a custom I just learned about. On March the 9th we celebrate the 40 martyrs for our religion. Traditionally women make forty of these little sweet breads. Living in the city for so many years I had never heard of this before, but this year two colleagues brought them to school and treated us (to be honest their mothers had made them)!

To sum up it seems that most of our customs are religion related but I must point out here that we are not as pious as we seem; we are only looking for excuses to celebrate and have fun, usually forgetting the solemn part of these celbrations!

Anna Varna

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