Yesterday, in Greece and Crete, the last carnival parades took place, while today is known as " pure Monday " ( Καθαρή Δευτέρα ) or the Monday of Lent. It is a mobile holiday and in Greece it is celebrated on the Monday of the seventh week preceding the Orthodox Easter. This year it falls today - March 11. Usually, this day is also treated as a sign symbolizing the beginning of the spring season. This holiday is a day off from work in Greece and Cyprus.
120-kilo lagana baked by bakers from Vrysses in Crete
The entire first week of Lent is often referred to as " Pure Week, " and according to the Greek customs this week you need to clean the house thoroughly. However, the main meaning of this holiday is spiritual change, mutual forgiveness and the beginning of fasting with a clear conscience. If possible and provided good weather, the holiday is spent by the Greeks in the open air. It is common practice to fly kites.
Kites displayed in Heraklion
Lent is starting that day, so meals are shared with family and friends with fast-food ingredients such as crustaceans, mollusks and cooked vegetables. In some areas of Greece, one of the popular dishes appearing in Czysty Poniedziałek is the delicious Fasolada soup. Traditionally, the lagana bread is also consumed in Greek homes on this day. Although many housewives still prepare this bread themselves, the vast majority of Greeks buy lagana at local bakeries. Its sales begin at night, and in the morning under the best bakeries set up giant queues.
Every year bakers try to bake as many decorative laganas as possible. Last year, one of the record-breaking was a 120-kilo lagana, which was baked by the owners of Stamatakis bakery from Vrysses. If you would like to laganę, you can also bake it yourself, on our site you will find a recipe we checked many times, which we presented on our site yesterday.