Thursday, March 6, 2008

Kites on the sky

"Whoever didn't play ever with kite, he did not look at as long as it needs high.
Whoever didn't feel the resistance of the rope, he didn't understand the force of the air.
And whoever didn't cry as a child when his kite was falling down, he did not feel joy and creativity to face alone the Nature ".

Carnival in Greece is a festival season. It occurs immediately before Lent (Lent = in most
Christian denominations, is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where, according to the Bible, he endured temptation by Satan);

The main Carnival events are usually during February or March. It typically involves a public celebration or
parade combining public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations.

The world's largest carnival celebration is held in Brazil but many countries worldwide have large, popular celebrations, such as
Carnival of Venice. The most famous Carnival events in Greece are taking place in Patras, a city in Peloponesse (in Southern Greece, 200 km away from Athens).

Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρή Δευτέρα), also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or (in Cyprus only) Green Monday (actually translated as such), is the first day of the Eastern Orthodox Christian and Eastern Catholic Great Lent. It is a movable feast that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Easter Sunday. Because of the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendar, Clean Monday usually falls on different days in european countries.

Clean Monday is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food,and the widespread custom of flying kites. Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted. This has created the tradition of eating elaborate dishes based on seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe etc). Traditionally, it is considered to mark the beginning of the spring season.

This year Clean Monday is celebrated in Greece in March, 10th 2008.

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