Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate start of lent

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Families across Greece and Cyprus celebrated the end of the carnival season and the start of Lent on Monday, exchanging wishes for health and prosperity.

Clean Monday (Kathara Deytera in Greek) is a public holiday, marking the 40 day countdown to Easter for Greece Orthodox Christians.

Traditionally the day is celebrated with picnics with family and friends, open air parties with dance-music performances organized by municipalities as well as kite flying for kids.

According to tradition, over the next six weeks, faithful Greeks will not consume meat, eggs and dairy products to “clean their body and soul” for Easter.

 

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