Right after the Greek festival season, Clean Monday is following as one of the most anticipated days of the year. It is one of these days when Greek people are bringing some old traditions back to life. Normally, every clean Monday people are celebrating the start of spring season and also it is the day when the period of fasting starts until the Easter Sunday. The most common way to celebrate this special day is to go for a picnic if the weather is good and also fly a kite, but the main focus of this day is always around the food.
Most households celebrate the beginning of Lent with a spread of shellfish, octopus and “taramasalata” which is a traditional dip made from salted roe, breadcrumbs, lemon and oil – which goes great with the special “lagana” bread that is also consumed on Clean Monday. Also the traditional dessert made from tahini called “halva” is served with the alcoholic drink “tsipouro.”
If you decide to spend the day in Athens, visit our RooftopBar, to see all the kites from above!!