SOCIETY

Kathara Deftera, National Holiday across Greece

By Gct
5 months ago

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church.

Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) is the first day of Great Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church.

Today also brings preceding Carnival celebrations to an end, inviting everyone to leave behind the ‘sinful’ attitudes associated with Carnival festivities and non-fasting foods, which were largely consumed during the last three weeks of the Carnival.

It is a national holiday across Greece today and special events and activities take place in all towns and villages, which feature plenty of music, dancing and delicious vegetarian food, marking the start of this special Greek Orthodox period of fasting and contemplation.

Saracosti, which is the great period of Lent before the Orthodox Easter takes its name from Tessaracoste, which comes from the word forty, which is the forty day period until Palm Sunday and then one more week until Easter day makes a total of 49 days of “fasting”. During this period we fast so that our bodies and spirits are “cleansed” to prepare for accepting the Resurrection.

During Saracosti, no meat or dairy food are eaten.  Lenten food, usually consists of plenty of olives, taramasalata, Halva, vegetables, legumes and seafood, such as kalamari, octopus, shrimps, oysters, cuttlefish, mussels, lobsters etc.  Fish is not allowed with the exception on two occasions:  on the 25th of March (Annunciation of the Virgin Mary) and on Palm Sunday. 

Each part of Greece has its own traditions and the feast day.

Clean Monday is a day where families and friends celebrate with outdoor excursions, delicious fasting foods, as well as the widespread custom of flying kites.

Kali Sarakosti! 

Advertisment

Copyright Greek CIty Times 2022

Recent Posts

Tags: Euro Giannis Antetokounmpo greece Greece news Greek news greek news today Spain

Giannis Antetokounmpo with 31 points and 10 rebounds in trail win of Greece over Spain

By
Gct
Tags: gntm GNTM 5 Greece news Greek news Sophia Hadjipanteli

Sophia Hadjipanteli : The photos with her mother and their amazing resemblance

By
Athens Bureau
Tags: bayraktar drones Selçuk Bayraktar Turkey Ukraine

Turkey to build Bayraktar drone production plant in Ukraine to fight Russian forces – Ambassador

By
Paul Antonopoulos
Tags: Canadian Open Greece news Greek news Sakkari US open

Sakkari: “I believe you’re going to see a different Maria than the last three months”

By
Gct
Tags: Greece news Greek news Love Jihad Nicoletta Pakistani Pakistanis Peristeri

Pakistani murderer remanded in custody – “Nicoletta spoke badly of the Qu’ran and asked me to become Christian”

By
Athens Bureau
Tags: Greece news Greek news Greek police nikos vertis police thessaloniki Vertis

Nikos Vertis disturbed by police checks during his performance in Thessaloniki – Watch video

By
Athens Bureau