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Lagana, Halvas and Taramas, The Greek Delicacies of Clean Monday

Lagana, halvas, and taramas, known as “the Koulouma,” are the official foods of the first day of Lent in Greece, known as "Clean Monday."

Clean Monday in Greece: Everything You Need to Know

“Kathara Deftera,” Greek for Clean Monday, commences the 40-day period of the Great Lent for the Greek Orthodox Church, called “Sarakosti.”

Why Greeks Fly Kites on Clean Monday

Clean Monday — the beginning of Lent among Orthodox Christians — is the day Greeks fly kites (which are symbolic of the Resurrection).

Apokries: Greek Carnival Season Reaches Peak this Weekend

Carnival celebrations in Greece, or "Apokries," are some of the most beloved traditions in the country. Celebrated before the period of Great Lent, or "Sarakosti," begins, Apokries allow revelers to partake in all the food, dance, and celebration they can...

Greece Ready to Enjoy Clean Monday Delicacies, Despite Carnival Ban

As we all know, this year's festivities which would have been part of Carnival weekend and Clean Monday have been banned across Greece due to the COVID19 Coronavirus outbreak. However, faithful to centuries' old tradition, millions of Greeks are ready...

Defiant Athens to Celebrate Carnival Season Despite Coronavirus Fears

The spread of the coronavirus in Europe is not discouraging the Greek people, who are all set to participate in this year's Carnival season, or “Apokries.” Cities and towns throughout the country have made ready for the colorful festivities which...

Clean Monday Customs Turn Greece into Giant Party (videos)

Clean Monday, the day that brings the carnival season to a close was full of celebrations all across Greece, turning the country into one giant party. Aside from traditional carnival parades with floats and thousands of dancers in Patras, Xanthi,...

Greeks Fly Clean Monday Kites as Lent Begins

For Greek Orthodox Christians, Clean Monday marks the beginning of the 40-day fast before Easter; tradition dictates that the faithful start abstaining from eating animal products and fly a kite. Clean Monday is a cleansing of the body in preparation...

The Most Traditional Rituals of Clean Monday in Greece

Greece is a country full of cultural and religious traditions - and one celebration which is a bit of both is Clean Monday or "Kathari Deftera. Let's take a look at some of the ways that Greeks celebrate one...

Semolina Halva Recipe

Here's a traditional recipe fro the delicious Greek desert Halva with Semolina. Ingredients 250ml sunflower oil 14oz – 400gr semolina flour 5lb – 700gr sugar 1 Liter water Method: In a pot pour water (1lt), sugar (1.5lbs) and boil for 4...