Students from St Nicholas Greek School in Yarraville took to the skies with their annual kite-flying excursion last weekend.

The event called Kathari Deftera (Clean Monday) signifies the beginning of Lent and fasting in the Greek Orthodox church – forty days in the lead up to Greek Easter, one of the holiest celebrations on the Christian calendar.

According to Father Alexandros, spokesperson for the school, flying a kite is synonymous with reaching for the divine, cleansing the body and reaching for the skies.

“We had a successful turnout this year with about 70 children participating and we were pleased with the weather providing perfect conditions for kite flying,” he said.

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