Almost every Friday afternoon, the youth of the church are begging Steve and me to have a game night to play Settlers of Catan. Strangely, for the first time in months, yesterday, nobody asked to come over! They all had bigger plans…to celebrate “The Day of Summer.” The festivities began yesterday night (March 14), when everybody built fires. For families with land, the fires burn the scrap pieces of wood, branches and yard rubbish that’s collected during the winter, but the apartment dwellers all gathered together to build a huge bonfire consisting of wood and tires…STINKY!!
There at the bon fire, people just enjoyed an evening out. The children painted their faces with ash, teenagers mingled, young men snuck shots of raki, and some brave souls even dared to jump over the flames (in old tradition, it was believed that this act got rid of their lice and fleas!)