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Paphos Green Monday - Kathara Deftera

Paphos - Annual Events

Traditionally Kathara Deftera (Mean clean Monday) starts the beginning of the 40 day fast before Easter.

Green Monday is the time when Cristian orthodox people gives up the souvlaki, meat and dairy products and eat vegetarian and seafood until Easter.

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Green Monday is also known as Clean Monday, Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent.

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Green Monday is the day after the Sunday of Carnibal, Halloween. The first Monday of Lent (40 days before Greek Orthodox Easter) is a Public Holiday in Cyprus and marks the beginning of Lent and is celebrated all over Cyprus with a picnic at the fields and mountains (or parks or nearby hills in the cities).Families and friends gather for an outdoor vegetarian meal of bread, vegetables and olives like black olives or crushed olives.

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Lenten food at Cyprus consists of vegetables, bread called lagana, dried legumes, fruits and seafood such as kalamari, octopus, shrimps, oysters, cuttlefish, mussels, lobsters etc. Lagana is a flat bread, with magia portion been high than any everyday bread with sesame seeds and it is made only on Clean Monday.Taramas and tachini are spread over lagana to make a perfect sandwich.

Some othe popular food at Kathara deftera are:Cuttlefish with spinach, baked beans, shrimp Saganaki (without oil), the fasting and lobster salad. Of Course do not forget the wine, is a must in all tables.

Macedonian Halvas, is one of the main Lenten sweets, especially the variety made with tahini and sold in block or brick form. This type of halva is sold by weight and comes plain, flavoured with chocolate, or studded with nuts and we love eating it for breakfast or sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon on top, as a dessert.

Events and activities take place in all towns and villages of Cyprus which feature plenty of music, dancing and delicious vegetarian food at the start of this Orthodox festival of fasting and contemplation.

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On Green Monday people fly a kite on the sky, so this day should be windy.In Paphos, the kite-flying takes place down by the lighthouse, but normally people go out to St. Georges are as well. At Yeroskipou the local municipality organise some extra fun (food and games) for the people at the Geroskipou beach area.

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