The idea behind philoxenia was to protect both host and guest and to bring people closer together through good intention on both sides irrelevant of social class, race, and religion; to create alliances in an often scary world.
Holy Friday, a day of loss and sorrow. A death knell echoes throughout Greece, from its remote villages to its buzzing cities. Flags are at half mast, and in the days of old, black cloths were hung from windows and balconies. On this day no activities are allowed. And in many remote villages, the only food allowed is vinegar, bread and olives.