In the following video you will see teacher Konstantinos and three other Omilo members picnicking in the background. This video is taken in the Singrou Park of Maroussi (Nord Athens), at 600 meters from the Omilo school and was made for the Omilo Quiz about Greece. Konstantinos asks two questions. He also explains more about the “sarrakosti” traditions.
Listen to the video to practice your Greek listening skills. You can read the Greek text also below the video, as well as the English translation.


Βίντεο – Text
Γεια σας. Αυτή η ερώτηση έχει να κάνει με τις παραδόσεις της Ελλάδας. Ψάχνουμε το όνομα μιας συγκεκριμένης μέρας.
Αυτή η μέρα είναι η πρώτη μέρα της Σαρακοστής. Η Σαρακοστή είναι μία περίοδος 40 ημερών όπου νηστεύουμε, δηλαδή δεν τρώμε κρέας αλλά ούτε και γαλακτομικά προϊόντα. Αυτήν την ημέρα πηγαίνουμε στα πάρκα, στην φύση, κάνουμε πικ-νικ με πολύ συγκεκριμένα φαγητά και επίσης πετάμε αυτό εδώ.
Έχω 2 ερωτήσεις για σας:
– Πώς λέγεται αυτή η μέρα;
– Πώς λέμε αυτό εδώ που πετάμε ψηλά στον ουρανό;

Translation of what Konstantinos says.
Hello. This question is related to Greek traditions. We are looking for the name of a particular holiday.
This is the first day of “Sarakosti”. “Sarakosti” is a 40-day period during which we fast, in other words, a period we do not eat meat or dairy products. On this day we go to the parks, in the nature, we organize picnics with very specific foods, and we also fly this “thing” you see here.
I have 2 questions for you:
– What is the name of this particular day?
– What is the name of “this thing” that we fly high up in the sky?


Can you answer the questions?
You can find the answers below or in the following article :

PS. After this day, we start counting 40 days till Easter, and the period is called “sarakosti”
Click here for more info more info:

1. Καθαρά Δευτέρα (Kathara Devtera) – Clean Monday
2. Ο χαρταετός (chartaetos) – the kite