How do Albanians celebrate this day? This is the day to celebrate one’s mother, wife, sister, girlfriend, and lady friend. This gives an excuse for women to go out, have fun, and dress nice.
In Belsh, women were walking with their husbands and children. They mostly dressed conservatively. I was invited to eat with the female teachers at a pizza parlor and watched them having girls’ day out.
Some town, for example in Peqin, don’t practice this. Women in this town were not seen walking around, as it is an extremely fanatic oppressive place and very conservative.
Meanwhile during my integration, I played chess with cuns! I’m very rusty and terrible at chess due to lack of practice. I learned a few chess pieces in Albanian and a few Albanian men helped me play the game right. It was frustrating because I kept making bad moves but I had helpers showed me the correct way. After that, I walked around the lake for some snap shot of the lake.
Shahu – chess
Ushtari – pawns
Torra – rooks
Fila (oficeri) – bishops
Kali – Knights
Mbreti – The King
Mbretëresha – The Queen
Belsh dialect word I learned today:
behar – summer (Belsh dialect)
Typically, verë is used for summer.