Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Easter lasts a fortnight; during it each family wants to be with their relatives and acquaintances, so they visit them in a distant place in order to celebrate together the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Week starts actually after the Palm Sunday. On that day we go to church where we are given palm leaves which are made in different shapes. In that way we honour the time when Jesus Christ enter Ierosolima and the faithful were applauding him throwing palm leaves. That’s why that day is called “Palm Sunday”. Moreover people who fast during Lent eat only fish dishes avoiding the dairy products and generally meat.
At Holy Week we follow some acts in order to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For instance, we spend time in a meadow picking flowers to make wreathes and decorate the epitaph with them. We also make traditional sweets and Easter cookies for approximately a whole day. Furthermore, in the Easter tradition, on Good Thursday we dye eggs in particularly red color. That symbolizes the blood that was poured from Jesus Christ when He was crucified. On Thursday evening, Christians got to church. The wreathes are collected and the priest leads the service and everyone mourns Christ’s crucifixion.
On Good Friday morning, people go to church again to kneel in front of the epitaph. The epitaph is decorated with flowers and looks stunning. Everyone pays their respects to Jesus Christ. In the evening, the priest leads the main service, as well. Now the epitaph is brought around the town with everyone following. In addition, that day people usually eat octopus and generally fish dishes.
On Good Saturday housewives stay at home and cook a traditional soup called magiritsa. At night, we all put on our best clothing and take candles with us to the church. (The tradition is the godmother or the godfather to give to their godchildren their candle.) Furthermore, many people’s candles have flowers and other ornaments on them. That day we celebrate Anastasi (Resurrection). The priest wears colorful clothing. Afterwards, everyone lights their candles and slowly the flame passes from person to person until everyone’s candle is burning. At midnight, Christ is resurrected. There are fireworks and fire crackers and there is a big celebration. We also burn Judas. After that, everyone goes home to eat the magiritsa and other delicacies. We also crack the red eggs exchanging Easter wishes. We all hug and kiss each other.
On Easter Sunday, in the morning, we get out to bed a little late because we are all tired from the night before. We gather and we eat lettuce salad and kokoretsi while we wait for the lamb to be roasted on a spit. We spend the rest of the day eating, drinking, dancing and listening to music. It’s a big celebration and everyone is radiant and we all have smiles on our faces.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Watching television is
a complete waste of time
Television has entered our lives and haw influenced our routine. Many people spend hours in front of a TV screen, but others think that it is a complete waste of time.
The advantages and the disadvantages
of being rich and successful
What teenagers would enjoy in a library
Monday, April 9, 2012
We are writing to complain about the holiday we booked with your agency after seeing the brochure.
First of all, the brochure claimed that there was a fridge in every apartment. However, the one which was in ours did not work, so we could not keep food or drink cold and fresh. In addition, it was said in the brochure that there was a TV with satellite TV channels, although the TV that was in our room had only two local channels which were not even in English.
Another problem was that the beach which was near the hotel was not suitable for swimming because there was rubbish everywhere and the water was very polluted. The brochure also stated that the hotel was minutes away from the town centre, but the truth is that it is a longer trip on foot. These problems forced us to hire a car to get around, which was a huge expense.
It is clear that the brochure was misleading and therefore we would like a partial refund.
We look forward to your reply.
Markos and Sofia Tournakis
To: Mr Brown
From: Athanasia Tournaki
Subject: Making library more attractive to young people
In this report, I will make some recommendations to make the library more attractive to young people.
The library now is a really old building with old-fashioned decoration. However, it is very convenient because it is beside a school, so it attracts some people. The real problem is that it does not attract teenagers.
What teenagers would like
Teenagers do not really like studying, so a library is not their favourite place. they like connecting to the internet and chatting with their friends online. They also like watching films and listening to good music.
I strongly believe the library would attract more young people if some things were different. First of all, we should stock the library with more interesting books teenagers would like. A new section especially for teenagers would also be made. In addition to that, I suggest that we add a section from whish young people can borrow classic films and documentaries as well as music. Creating special reading rooms with different colour scheme and decoration from the rest of the library would also improve its popularity with young people.
Most people nowadays know how to use computers and use them daily. Computers and the Internet have affected our lives a lot. They have made it easier, but much more dangerous, too.
Using computers has some good points. First of all, they are very informative. We can use the Internet to look up things that interest us and find information quite quickly. Computers can also be very educational. We can use them to do research for school or to learn about many different things. Another good point of computers is that they are entertaining. People can use computers to watch movies, as well as to play computer games.
Although there are many reasons why we should use computers, there are some reasons not to. Firstly, the Internet is very dangerous for people who do not know how to use it properly. They can catch a virus which could destroy their computer or even hurt themselves when they meet bad people online that trick them into meeting them. Computers are not suitable for all ages either. Young children must not be allowed to use computers, as they can see some things they are not supposed to see.
In conclusion, I believe that the use of computers can be very useful and fun, but we must not use them too often because that might lead to serious problems.
Thanks for your last letter! I loved the photos you sent me!
You said you wanted to know more about music in Greece. Well, there aren’t many talented Greek singers. The good ones are the ones that have been famous for many years now. Nobody is really talented nowadays.
There aren’t many live concerts either. However, there are some huge clubs where famous or unknown singers appear on stage and sing. You can enjoy them while eating or drinking and you can even throw flowers at them. It’s quite amusing!
I love music since I play the keyboards, but I don’t have a favourite singer or group. I like pop and rock music, but I hate rap.
I hope the information I gave you was helpful.
Carla looked at the car in surprise. It was her mum’s gift for her 21st birthday. It was the best present she had ever received.
“Thanks mum! You’re the best!”, she said.
“I hope you like the colour.”, her mum told her.
“Oh yes! It’s my favourite colour!”, she answered.
Carla’s mum went inside the house and started baking a birthday cake. Carla decided to try out her new car. She got in and started driving. She started whistling happily. She was so excited. She returned to her house, opened the door and turned on the lights. Suddenly, she heard:
At the end, she felt so lucky all of her friends had thought of her. It was the best birthday she had ever had!
Thanks for your last e-mail. I loved the photo you sent me! You asked me to give you some advice on how to keep fit and healthy. First of all, you should eat healthier meals and have a balanced diet. You should always have a good breakfast to keep you active all day long. You also ought to eat all kinds of food
Although your diet is very important to stay healthy and fit, exercising is quite important, too. You should exercise at least twice a week. Find a sport you like, tell your friends to join you and have fun!
I hope my advice was helpful!
I read your article about traffic three days ago. I could not agree more with you. Traffic is, indeed, one of the biggest problems modern cities face, nowadays.
Unfortunately, mothers and fathers picking up their children are not the only ones causing problems. The main problem is the number of cars each family uses. Some families may even have three cars. Another problem is that people are getting lazier and lazier, so they use their cars more that they use their feet.
However, the council and the citizens could do something to reduce traffic. For example, we could use our bikes more. Many countries in Europe have already tried to encourage people to use their bikes and they were successful. Another good idea is to reduce the price of public transport, so that more people use it.
I think we must all try to reduce traffic.