notes from thessaloniki
02/23/2006: Today is Tsiknopempti in Greece, the biggest day of Greek Carnival. My husband tells me that the "Tsikno" refers to the smoky smell of grilling meats, and "pempti" means "Thursday". This is a day to pig out (heh) on meat, before embarking on the culinary deprivations of the Lenten period. Should I mention that in addition to carnivorous gluttony (the word "Carnival" is no accident, you know), much wine and other spirits are typically consumed?
Every restaurant and taverna in Greece will be packed today,
and all the musicians will be employed. It will be a very happy
Greece. We've made two resolutions: 1) to go out early and come home at
a sane hour (hopefully half-sober) and 2) afterward, to stick
with the Lent diet this year, so we can both lose a little weight and
drink a lot less. ...In other words, the same two resolutions we make
and break every year. But this time we really will. Won't we?
Images of Carnival in Crete, from the Carnival in Rethymno web site.