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    Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 1:17am
Today is Clean Monday in Greece which marks the start of Lent.

The first day of Lent is known as Clean Monday. It is called "clean" because it marks the start of the lenten period during which our bodies and spirits are "cleansed" to prepare for accepting the Resurrection.

Clean Monday is a public holiday in Greece, a day of great celebration and traditions. Families take to the beach or countryside for picnics and kite-flying. Children make "Kyra Sarakosti," (Lady Lent), a paper doll with seven legs to represent the seven weeks of Lent. Every week, a leg is cut off to show how many weeks remain until Easter.

Foods during the seven weeks of Lent are fixed according to lenten restrictions. This generally (there are a few exceptions 
means no meat or fish (nothing with red blood) and nothing derived from animals with red blood (no milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc.). However, Clean Monday has its own traditions, and all over Greece, tables will be laid (and restaurants stocked) with dishes that have been customary for generations.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 2:01am
Sounds wonderful Elliemay and wish I was there - if only there were direct flights this early. Although I did worry as thought it meant I had to do some housework LOL  Enjoy!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 3:14am
Wish you were here in Corfu???
 
It's 8 degrees C here in Corfu at 11.00am and has hardly stopped raining for three days now and it's still raining. The forecast is for thunderstorms for the rest of the week here!!
Where I live in the UK it's 9 degrees C and sunny intervals at 9.00am. Can't complain too much though as the previous 3 weeks here were warm and dry, around 18 degrees most days.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 4:58am
I've just had a photo sent to me from a picnic on Almyros Beach, the Albanian mountains are covered in loads of snow, and my friend said it is freezing, but they are sticking it out regardless.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 10:07am
Well I hope it warms up in Corfu for April as we are coming over for Greek Easter. My birthday is on Easter Sunday so celebrating Greek style.SmileWink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 10:08am
Sorry forgot to put my name.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 10:47am
Luckily the skies cleared and we sat outside on a sheltered terrace in Kassiopi enjoying sea urchins straight out of the sea, calamari, prawns etc. and some delicious fasting sweets to round it off!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 11:28am
Hi Marion and Tom,
If you click on "Post Options" above your post there is an option to edit your post there. x
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2014 at 11:39pm
Originally posted by janmanessi janmanessi wrote:

Luckily the skies cleared and we sat outside on a sheltered terrace in Kassiopi enjoying sea urchins straight out of the sea, calamari, prawns etc. and some delicious fasting sweets to round it off!


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Keep taking your, take a holiday in kassiopi pills.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2014 at 2:06am
Graham I do feel sooo sorry for you suffering in the cold!!! LOL
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