Monday, 27 February 2017

Kathari Deutera (Clean Monday) ...

Καλή Σαρακοστἠ - Good lent ...

The party is over, today is Clean Monday, and is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus, where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions.

Today is about the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of leven bread, baked only on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites.

λαγάνα ..
Lagana is a traditional flatbread baked for Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent before Easter. For those fasting most strictly, the lagana is made without oil. For those less strict, then olive oil is used but no dairy products.  Sesame seeds are the most common topping and often fresh, or dried herbs are added for even more flavour. These are plain with sesame seeds and medium softness.

Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Orthodox Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted in European denominations.
Καθαρή Δευτέρα μεζέδες ...
On Clean Monday Greek people usually take their picnic baskets and put inside fasting foods because it is the day that Lent begins, so if its sunny - off to the beach for a picnic ...
Could you eat meat and dairy free for forty days ?

Lovely recipes for lent from

Fáva –
Stuffed calamari –
Seafood Kritharóto -
Black eye beans with chard –
Yígantes –
Red pepper and olive ‘Relish’ –

Καλή Σαρακοστή Και για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε...48 μέρες για το Πάσχα !!
Good Lent and to not forget ... 48 days for Easter !!

Later news:

The Dimos successfully organised today's kite event ~ celebration of the municipality of skiathos at the Bourtzi. Young and old enjoyed the event,  although the weather didn't help in terms of wind to fly the kites! Sarakostianá dishes were provided and there was  music, drinks and dancing. Followed by the award of best kite with prizes courtesy of the municipality of skiathos, of whom the first prize, the biggest kite from all went to Christos Tsiótra ...

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