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Tsiknopempti in Greece.

In Opinions and bullet points. on March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Tsiknopempti in Greece.

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Dear Dots,
Today, I would like to let you know about the place that I live in. Yes. Greece. Yes. Thessaloniki. Where, a week ago, we celebrated Tsiknopempti. (Tsiknopempti (Greek : Τσικνοπέμπτη) is the “Grilling Day”, which takes place prior to the Easter fasting. Well, about that, I conducted a thorough survey, only to find out that Tsiknopempti has nothing to do with the Christian religion or the church. So I started thinking. How can we have such ingenious minds when it comes to creating a celebration out of nothing? And then it hit me. The first doubts were there. Maybe all these german-french-north Europeans are right. Maybe we really are lazy. Maybe we really do “party all the time”. Well I went thought it carefully, trying to expel from my judgement any feeling of Greekness in me (which was difficult I have to admit), in order to be as objective as I could. So let me tell you that this is not the case. All these years that passed by, all these political parties that looked and still look completely alike, by saying the same and doing the same. We lost who we are. We are giving ourselves away for money. There were people starving but we kept looking away. ALL of us. No one is innocent, not even my generation ( now in our mid-twenties). Also the media and the people that were nourishing our ideals in the universities are not innocent. The above have made our Greek souls dark, without any morals, without any mercy. Then, when the economic crisis started, all of a sudden it made us remember the people who are suffering. You may say I am naive, but I see voluntarism reaching new peaks. I see the humanity coming back to us all. I see people who are constantl stressed but still go out in the night to the “taverna” ( A taverna is a small restaurant serving Greek cuisine), leaving behind empty, the huge soulless cold nightclubs. People drink wine and pay for the one who doesn’t have three Euros that night, cause tomorrow they will be probably in his position themselves. People that will hug the singer in the taverna and the singer will hug them back like it is the most normal thing to do. And it is actually the most normal thing to do. It is, I tell you! In the end, I see this Tsiknopempti when from the early morning hours, people dressed up as fairies, bees and ballerinas were wandering the streets of my city. From the morning until late at night, when all of us became one company. This is the soul of the Greeks. We shouldn’t seek just our lost money from this crisis. We should seek these bonds to our society, to our history, our environment and our families. These characteristics (yes we do have good characteristics as Greeks, believe it or not) are the ones we should engage again, being proud to be Greeks. The hard work. Yes. Our diffusing love. Yes. Our Mediterranean temper. Yes. Our humanity. Yes. Should we find those, then the next crisis will be pushed firther away and if we stick to them, maybe it never will happen. Yes. I will stay positive. Yes I live in Greece. Yes. In Thessaloniki.