With a financial crisis brewing in their homeland, some in the local Greek community are sounding a positive note.
At Vancouver’s Greek Day anxiety and hope both hung over the festival.
“It’s politics, and I know, and I believe they’re going to find a way out of the crisis.”
“Never a difficult time for the Greeks. The Greeks have survived for thousands and thousands of years. This is nothing. Family back there – they are all dancing and laughing.”
“Better if we do the same thing that Iceland did. Get out of there, go back to the old currency, and come back. As the phoenix did.”
“Most of us are spread around the lower mainland – so we’re all just coming here today. So I think this is going to get our mind off of it.”
Spiro Kletas – helping a friend run a food stand – says the event is a chance to channel some of those fears of anxiety.
“That’s the goal of what we’re trying to do here. We want everyone to have a good time and you know, be Greek for a day. It’s a difficult time in Greece right now but it’s a beautiful country and we’re proud to be Greek and sharing that with the community.”
Pressure in Greece continues to mount – with a bailout deadline set to expire Tuesday.