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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 7 COMMUNITY St Nicholas Greek School takes to the skies with annual kite-flying excursion ZOYEE KARTALIS The Lemnian Brotherhood and Manasis’ Dance group put their best foot forward to bring a bit of the Hellenic carnival spirit to Victoria, by recreating Apokriatika dances and customs. When Greeks celebrate Melbourne's Greek Australian community took it upon itself to keep up with Greek customs of apokries (carnival). The Lemnian Brotherhood, Manasis' Dance group and the Panhellenic College at Thomastown put their best foot forward to bring a bit of the apokries carnival spirit to Victoria, by recreating special dances and customs. Students from St Nicholas Greek School in Yarraville took to the skies with their annual kite-flying excursion last weekend. The event called Kathari Deftera (Clean Monday) signifies the beginning of Lent and fasting in the Greek Orthodox church – forty days in the lead up to Greek Easter, one of the holiest celebrations on the Christian calendar. According to Father Alexandros, spokesperson for the school, flying a kite is synonymous with reaching for the divine, cleansing the body and reaching for the skies. "We had a successful turnout this year with about 70 children participating and we were pleased with the weather providing perfect conditions for kite flying," he said. St Nicholas Greek School. From Left to Right: Eleni, Alexandros, Alexandros, Christa, Stamatia, Sophia. PHOTO: GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS Lemnian joy. Manasis dancers conveyed the spirit of Greece to Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall. Students of the Panhellenic College celebrated Koulouma. The dancers pranced around in traditional costumes while a live music orchestra played some obscure and funny songs from different regions of Greece. Many bystanders joined the group and danced along with them! Aliki and Ana from Year 1.
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