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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...

Sizzling "Tsiknopempti" Customs Across Greece

Even though Greeks consume a lot of meat, this Thursday millions will follow the custom of Tsiknopempti and eat even more. Enough, tradition says, to last them through the 40 days of Lent before Easter. On Thursday, barbecue smoke will...

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...

Greek Carnival and Clean Monday Traditions

The Carnival season, or "Apokries" in Greek, is slowly coming to an end this weekend, but not without a bang. Greeks across the country are going to celebrate the last days of freedom before the Greek Orthodox 40-day Lent...

Abstaining From Sex Is Part of Fasting

Nearly every known denomination features certain periods during which the faithful are obliged to follow certain rules, abstain from certain food, from any lusts of the flesh, and avoid temptation in general. The Greek Orthodox Church also prescribes certain fasting...

Greek Clean Monday or Koulouma Customs

Clean Monday is today and people across Greece are dusting off their kites and preparing the famous delicacies of the festive day to take with them on their outdoor excursions, also known as koulouma. The first day of the...

The Greek Fast: Appetizing and Healthy

The Greek-Orthodox fasting season is well underway. The word “fasting” is usually associated with liquid only diets or other strict ways of eating. This type of fasting however is a bit more lenient and tasty; The Christian Greek Orthodox...