Tsiknopempti is a celebration in honor of the meat that some will forgo for the 40 days of Lent. Today many people will grill meat and in general will burn it a little so it is charred and has a strong “meaty” smell (tsikna). Local restaurants will put on special plates for those celebrating Tsiknopemti. Costumed children will go out in the evening, some with scary masks and heavy/make-up. They will knock on doors and be asked to come in and sing and maybe scare the people a little. They will be given sweets, fruits and sometimes wine too!!! The kids say they are going for μουτσούνες = dirty faces.
CAFE BAR CLICK in Glossa on the road to Loutraki will have a carnival party in the afternoon with dancing, music and food. The best costume will receive a prize.
The primary school will have a party in the afternoon.
Rumor has it that in Skopelos children of the high school will not attend classes and will instead inspect the several “trates” made by groups of boys and later will have a makeshift party around the school. For some it is the best school day of the year – they will even go early!