Hundreds of Cretans braved the bad weather and headed to the hills on Monday to mark the traditional Ash Monday celebrations which include flying colourful kites, despite the downpour early in the morning.
There’s a message of optimism in every neighbourhood of each Cretan town where celebrations were organised. This is a great message of hope, optimism and love for the people.
The municipalities organised several events around the cities, with music bands welcoming visitors to the hills with traditional tunes. Other bands were set up in several neighbourhoods and seasonal delicacies were handed out. Thousands of portions of “lagana”, the traditional bread baked for the occasion, and olives were distributed to people.