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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Off to Turkey

August is a gentler month. The Greek holiday season traditionally finishes on the fifteenth of August, the Orthodox Feast of the Dormition, when the All Holy One fell asleep. Catholics call it the Assumption, when Our Blessed Lady was taken bodily into heaven. After Easter and Christmas, it is the most important feast of the calendar and like them marks a change in the seasons. Around this time the first grey clouds since April appear in the sky, with rain showers and perhaps a storm. Other signs are trees by the roadside hung with goggle-eyed carcasses and bloodstained fleeces. Pious Greeks fast and abstain from meat for fifteen days beforehand. The Dormition is the name day of anyone named after Our Lady – Mary and Panayotis, ...

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