In the second week before Lent, this is one of the bigger celebrations during Carnival. A tradition which probably goes back hundreds of years. The custom is to grill meat on the BBQ and the day gets its name from that flavoursome smell of the smoke from the grill (tsikna).
Even today as I went down town and into the back streets that strong cooking smell was wafting from every house and courtyard. At the petrol station their big BBQ was out and skewers of pork were being shared with the clients along with a glass of wine.
On the waterfront there were at least half a dozen grills along the quay as the butchers shop by the supermarket and a couple of cafeterias and other shops got ready to grill their lamb chops and souvlaki to share with friends and passersby.
At the primary school a local business had donated a few hundred skewers of pork which were grilled in the school yard and the kids filled up with souvlaki and bread and a small drink before going home.