THE LUNCH OF THE BROTHERHOOD IN VILLAGE TRIPOTAMOS
THE CUSTOM OF LOVE’S DAY IN VILLAGE KTIKADOS
Every year, on Monday after Easter, the icon of Jesus’ Resurrection is carried about the entire village. At noon, the bell of the church is ringing and invites all the villagers to the altar. The women of the village cook veal soup, grilled meat and various snacks. When the food is served, the priests say the hymn of Jesus’ Resurrection three times and they begin to eat. After the lunch, they all sing hymns and then the priest makes a short memorial service. Finally, they all offer some money in order to keep up the custom of love’s day.
"VEGGERA" is an ancient custom which is kept up till our days
in the village Isternia, during the cold evenings of the winter. This
custom makes the villagers more sociable, brings together the friends
and families and offers to children endless joy. Each family plans who
is going to visit and prepares the oil lamp in order to be able to see.
They all have dinner at their houses and then the father of each family
gives the order to visit another house of the village. Then, the woman
of the family lights the oil lamp and the family departs. Arriving to
their final destination, the children enjoy themselves, playing around
with various toys. The elder chat around of the specially decorated table.
The evening party ends at about 20.00 o’ clock.
During the autumn, in the village Isternia,
the villagers kill pigs in order to revive the custom of the pigs’
massacre. By the month of
September, the villagers begin the appropriate preparations. The women
collect spices and they dry them under the sun. The elder women of the
village are occupied with the spices, while the young girls clean the
houses as long as the meat and the fat that they have already elaborated.
The men collect wood which ist used for the slaughter.
During the October, the villagers choose the pig which is going to
be killed. It
usually weights at about 150- 200 kilos. The head of the family slaughters
the pig with the help of his friends and relatives.