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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Shrove Monday ushers in Lent

  • [01] Shrove Monday ushers in Lent

    AMNA--The beginning of Lent commenced in Greece on Monday, as the day is marked by the religious holiday of Shrove Monday or "Clean Monday", ahead of Orthodox Christian Easter on April 15 this year. Traditionally the advent of Lent in the east Mediterranean nation is accompanied by an extended family dinner of seafood, flattened bread ("Lagana"), olives, pickled produce and other non-dairy and non-meat items -- in keeping with the 40-day fast followed by the faithful ahead of Easter, known in the Greek Orthodox faith as the "Great Lent".

    Additionally, the Shrove Monday custom calls for the flying of kites by young and old throughout the country. In Athens, the best-known spot for kite-flying is on the Filopappou Hill, to the south of the Acropolis.

    Different customs and rituals, however, are celebrated in Greece and Cyprus, depending on the region.


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