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Wild flowers in Pacheia Ammos

Local activity in the village is generally dictated by the seasons. For most residents, summer is dedicated to serving the tourist trade and tending the family garden. Most vegetables found on Crete are locally grown, either in gardens or in greenhouses. Summer is also a time of numerous religious celebrations ranging from marriages and baptisms to festivals celebrating the patron saints of local churches. The number of guests who attend these events is usually so large that they must be held outdoors.

The autumn is when raki, a Cretan liquor made from grape skins, is manufactured in stills. Shortly after the raki production is concluded, the olive harvest begins. This usually starts in late November and runs through January.

Spring is a time of rejuvenation on Crete, when farmers prune, fertilize, hoe, and plant in their groves and gardens. Houses and businesses receive coats of fresh paint and other repairs. Sheep and goats give birth; thyme and other flora bloom.

 

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