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Greeks Gather to Celebrate Barbeque Thursday

TsiknopemptiThe citizens of Athens, Greece, have filled the Varvakios market as the butchers of the market are offering a total of 1.5 tons of meat, while the municipality of Athens gives out wine in order to celebrate Barbeque Thursday the proper Greek way. Locals gather to the event forming long queues to enjoy their share of meat and wine.
The Carnival season in Greece is also known as the Apokriés, a season which lasts about three weeks before Clean Monday. One of the season’s high points is Barbeque Thursday or Tsiknopempti as they call it in Greece, a day when people gather to enjoy roast beef dinners at taverns or friends’ houses; the ritual is repeated the following Sunday.
Other Christian nations have similar customs too.  For example, in Germany they celebrate the Weiberfastnacht and in France the Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras is for the Catholics what Clean Monday is for the Orthodox.
On this special day, the municipality of Athens along with Varvakios market have organized barbecues so that the citizens of Athens can come together to celebrate this feast.  The event is expected to include many events and festivities.

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