Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is a day where families and friends celebrate with delicious fasting foods, as well as the widespread custom of flying kites.
Kite flying itself is an ancient tradition, thought to have originated in ancient China.
Throughout the ages, the tradition of flying kites was adopted by other cultures, and new shapes and forms emerged to reflect local legends and customs.
It has thus been deeply rooted in Orthodox Christian tradition as well, as it symbolises the passing of the human soul to Heaven and God, with people in older times even believing that the higher their kite flew, the more possible it would be for their prayers to be heard by God.
The custom of flying kites on Clean Monday is directly linked to the spiritual state of mind of Orthodox Christians.
The first kites that were spotted in Greece in the post-modern era came from the eastern areas and more specifically the Eptanisa, Chios, Samos, until they eventually made their way to the city of Patra and became common all around the country.
Last week, the Greek government announced that parks in cities will remain open on Clean Monday (amid the pandemic) and Greeks are allowed to fly their kites, in a safe manner.
Kite fliers will need permission to leave their homes (sending an SMS to 13033 with the number 6) and are advised to keep safe social distances.