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The Akathist Hymn: A Lyric Poem of Unparalleled Beauty Echoes in Orthodox Churches

The Akathist Hymn, which is chanted on the first five successive Fridays of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church, is a profound devotional poem...

Majority of Greeks Claim to Fast During Holy Week: Survey

Two out of three Greeks say they will be fasting on Holy Week and one in six claim that they will be fasting throughout...

Greeks Fly Clean Monday Kites as Lent Begins

For Greek Orthodox Christians, Clean Monday marks the beginning of the 40-day fast before Easter; tradition dictates that the faithful start abstaining from eating...

Sizzling “Tsiknopempti” Customs Across Greece

Even though Greeks consume a lot of meat, this Thursday millions will follow the custom of Tsiknopempti and eat even more. Enough, tradition says,...

The Most Traditional Rituals of Clean Monday in Greece

Greece is a country full of cultural and religious traditions - and one celebration which is a bit of both is Clean Monday or...

Greek Carnival and Clean Monday Traditions

The Carnival season, or "Apokries" in Greek, is slowly coming to an end this weekend, but not without a bang. Greeks across the country...

Abstaining From Sex Is Part of Fasting

Nearly every known denomination features certain periods during which the faithful are obliged to follow certain rules, abstain from certain food, from any lusts...

Greek Clean Monday or Koulouma Customs

Clean Monday is today and people across Greece are dusting off their kites and preparing the famous delicacies of the festive day to take...

The Greek Fast: Appetizing and Healthy

The Greek-Orthodox fasting season is well underway. The word “fasting” is usually associated with liquid only diets or other strict ways of eating. This...

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