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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 17 TRADITIONS Lots of fun at AHEPA Greek school A great event by the Greek Cypriot Cultural and Theatrical Centre. Kids from Pedia hold up their kites. Carnivalmania in Australia apokries, the Greek Cypriot Cultural and Theatrical Centre held its carnival event on 2 March at Epping Memorial Hall. The event was a huge success with Minister Lily D’Ambrossio present as well as Mayor of Whittlesea Cr Laurie G reek Australians could not be left out of the fun of Cox, Cr Mary Lalios, Cr Kris Pavlidis and Soteris Matis. Congratulatiosn are offered to the President of the GreekCypriot Cultural and Theatrical Centre Paradise Mrs Anastasia Xenophontos and Secretary Helen Emmanuel Pras. Greek students at AHEPA brought a little bit of the Greek apokries (carnival) spirit to Australia. Students and teachers arrived to lessons dressed up in colourful costumes, masks, hats and a spirit of tomfoolery. They revived traditions and sang "Welcome Crazy Carnavali", and other songs traditionally performed during Greek carnival time. The atmosphere was full of movement, laughter and joy, with streamers and confetti creating a party atmosphere. Children enjoyed games, listened and sang along to carnival songs and enjoyed traditional delicacies. Apart from learning about the carnival, children also learnt about Kathari Deftera and enjoyed koulouma dishes traditionally eaten during Greek Orthodox Lent. "We believe that Carnavali celebration is a great opportunity for our children to meet each other and spend a pleasant time together, learning the tradition in a joyful atmosphere," said Stella Lambrou, principal of AHEPA Greek School. The best learning takes place out of the classroom and Pedia Greek School applied this principle in practice. The students learnt about Greek carnival (apokries) by immersing themselves in the spirit of the celebration by masquerading. They dressed up, enjoyed face painting, blew up balloons and played carnival-styled games aimed at reviving some Greek traditions. Why do we fly kites on ‘Clean Monday’? C lean Monday - named after the cleansing of the soul and new beginnings - falls on March 11 this year. The day takes its name from the cleansing of the soul and the new beginning that the day symbolises, as it is placed 40 days before the resurrection of Christ. This is also the starting point for the fasting period of the Orthodox religion. However, another symbolic tradition takes place on this day that finds its roots deep in ancient times and is still practised in Greece today - kite flying! According to historians, the first person documented to attempt such a thing was Archytas, a mathematician who lived in the fourth century BC. Archytas was a citizen of South Italy and a good friend of Plato and one of the final faithful followers of Pythagoras and his methods. He created the kite in order to use it within his aerodynamic experiments. Kite flying has a deeper meaning for those of the Christian faith, as it symbolises the elevation of the soul towards the heavens. The first kites that were spotted in Greece in the post-modern era came from the eastern areas and more specifically the Eptanisa, Chios, Samos, until they eventually made their way to the city of Patra and became common all around the country. Other civilisations also took part in kite-flying festivals. In China, kites were made out of silk and bamboo in the shape of a dragon, a creature of worship within the nation. In Northern India there is a celebration every spring with kites parading in the sky to welcome the new season, with parades that find their roots in Hindu mythology. Additionally, it is said that the wellknown explorer Marco Polo brought the kite to Europe during his journeys in the Middle Ages, remarking that it was known for its "dangerous flights." Nowadays of course the It’s a fun tradition but where did it come from? PHOTO: PIXABAY creation of a kite is quite simple, as it demands a little bit of wood, paper, some string and a large amount of imagination. And if you do decide to follow the spirit of the day and try to fly one of your own, just be wary of any electricity poles!
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