Today is Holy Wednesday, traditionally the day when children in particular receive a sacrament called Euchelaion (from the words euche meaning "prayer", and elaion meaning "oil"). This involves attending a short church service, followed by a blessing. The priest dips cotton wool in specially blessed olive oil and uses it to make the sign of the cross on children's foreheads. After a morning spent shopping for Easter gifts, the goddaughter and I attended this church service.
We arrived early to have a look around the church. As you can see, it's decorated in purple - the colour of mourning in Greece, along with black.
Hundreds of people attended the church service. Luckily everyone made orderly queues (well, by Greek standards anyway).
There was a stand outside the church for those who wanted to take some of the blessed oil back home to those members of the family unable to attend.
What you had to do is take a piece of cotton wool, dip it in oil and wrap it in aluminium foil for safe carrying. Easy peasy.
After the service, we went for a walk at the local park.
Spring has definitely sprung - a little early this year it seems. Not that we're complaining, the weather's perfect at the moment, not too hot and not too cool.
There were peacocks roaming freely in the park, and we got to see several with beautiful fanned-out tails.
The birds seemed used to having people walk around them, trying to feed them or take photos. This young man in particular was keen to pose for us.