Grill Day

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Swan Thursday is a holiday of Orthodox tradition in the second week of Halloween and traditionally large quantities of meat are consumed.

In the old days the issue was not to bake it meat but to tickle the house. So the housewives, in order to make the house smell of butter, baked baklava, galaktoboureko or semolina halva.

Consumption of large amounts of food and drink that accompany the Swan Thursday table are typical of the day. According to tradition, they are related to the euphoria of the earth and are combined with Christianity, when they mark the preparation for Lent.

The smells from the kitchen exorcise evil and bring people home.

It is one of the most beloved holidays of the year, thanks to the tradition and the smells it exudes. With so many freshly baked meat on the coals and endless party does not want much to be convinced of its "beauty". With its arrival within walking distance we found 10 interesting items around the big celebration and we present them to you… after a walk in the Varvakeio market, from where we procured the appropriate "raw materials" for the day !!!

  1. The name "Tsiknopempti" comes from the word "tsikna", meaning the smell of burnt cooked meat.
  2. Swan Thursday as a day is considered the "official" start of the carnival season.
  3. Since Wednesday and Friday are fasting days, Thursday was established as a meat-eating day.
  4. Other countries also celebrate their corresponding Swan Thursday: the French have the "Mardi Gras" ("Fatty Tuesday") while the Germans have the "Weiberfastnacht".
  5. In Komotini there is a custom for engaged couples to exchange edible gifts and on the one hand the fiancé sends the kurko while on the other the fiancée sends a stuffed hen and baklava.
  6. Also in Komotini, it is customary for housewives to burn a hen to eat on Carnival Sunday.
  7. In Poros, young people steal a spaghetti, which they have to place under their pillow to see who they will marry.
  8. The so-called "Vlach wedding" begins in Thebes, which includes the consulate of two young people that continues with the wedding and ends on Shrove Monday.
  9. In the Peloponnese, pork is slaughtered, from which traditional delicacies are prepared, such as curd, cigarettes, salt and gournalifi.
  10. Another interesting and tasteful custom is the one in the old town of Corfu, the "Korfiatika Petegoletsa" or "Pete Golia", during which the people of Corfu pretend to be gossipers who have to tell new gossips

In addition to grilled of course you can make a variety of appetizers to gather with friends or family and celebrate, e.g. σπετζοφάι, prasotiania but also many more!

Manos Gambierakis, thank you.

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