Xronia Polla everybody! Yesterday, February 14, 2010, was a wonderful daywith most of the world celebrating something!
Carnival Time, The last Apokria, tis Tyrinis, as well as Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year!
The Kathari Deftera long weekend is always a special one in Greece.
Yesterday was the last Apokria, and carnival celebrations were taking place all over Greece - Carnivals in Patra and Naoussa - and today is Kathari Deftera, or Koulouma as it is often called, the official beginning of the 40 day fasting period of Lent, Sarakosti. Traditionally everyone is out in the open flying kites!
We were no exception, we got up early and all (my husband is the cook in our family) got involved in preparing our lenten food (Sarakostiana) - this isn't a food blog, we have so many expert Greek Food bloggers that we won't even try to pretend we can cook like they do, but we do want to show you some of the traditional Koulouma fare eaten today!
There is an incredible sense of freedom in kite-flying, it is almost as if we are flying ourselves , reminding us of that wonderful song from Mary Poppins....
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let's go fly a kite!
We managed to get our Pinochio hexagonal kite up and soaring - with a little help from our friends!
We even helped to launch this one too!
Here are a few of the dishes in their completed state
Mydia (mussels) kapama, Octopus krasato with red peppers , Taramosalata