My last blether was less than 2 weeks ago, but feels like much more. We've been blessed with 2 Easters since then, the 'Western' one and the Orthodox one. Somehow we managed to limit our Easter egg consumption to the first event - but there's been a few tricky moments of temptation. We did do the 'proper' bit too and attended both the 'Western' Good Friday midday service, and the 8:15 a.m. Easter Sunday service of the Anglican Church here in Paphos. (At Ayia Kyriaki Church near the harbour - also known as the Church by St Paul's Pillar). Both were moving to attend, but the Sunday service was especially fabulous - there is nothing quite like traditional Easter Day hymns sung by a full church and accompanied by an amazing organist who was obviously enjoying himself too, you came out of church both shaken & stirred - and pretty well fumigated too, because Easter day is one of the few services they use incense - it certainly adds to the atmosphere in more ways than one!
Because we are lucky enough to live in a village that still celebrates in very traditional ways, the next weekend we also had the benefit of being woken by fire crackers at random times of the night (no, I have never managed to stay up for midnight despite always having my candle ready - one day), and then enjoying the children's games, music, entertainment and bingo in the village square to celebrate the Orthodox Easter with the villagers - though not, after the first year of experimentation, the food - definitely a cuisine you have to grow up with!
Dancing has carried on throughout all this excitement, except for last Monday's beginner's class - a bank holiday for everyone meant our numbers would have been too low - and we are gradually mastering dances that once needed multiple walk-throughs. We also welcomed both returnees and a new and very talented dancer to our midst... they all enjoyed themselves at our last class, which meant it was great for the rest of us too - long may it continue!
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the United Arab Emirates: Lives in Cyprus. Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life! Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, computers, God, my husband & my cat (not necessarily in that order). Hates - crowds, hypocrisy, 'Reality' TV, corrupt politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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