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Green Monday Food

Keeping Lent might be challenging, but not when you start it in a tasty way

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Cypriots love delicious food and even the first day of the Lent is a good reason for a picnic.

Annually Green Monday, which is also known for Christians as Pure Monday or Ash Monday, is celebrated in Cyprus with a family visit to the countryside. Even though fasting excludes any animal food, Cypriots' Green Monday menu consists mainly of seafood (shellfish, molluscs, octopus) and vegetables.

Also, a special kind of bread is baked on this day—"lagana"—which is made of unfermented dow. For some families, another important part is koulourakia nistisima which is a special Lent cake made only by children.

Lagana (spelled λαγάνα in Greek)
Lagana (spelled λαγάνα in Greek)

If you are lucky with the weather, you can also enjoy traditional kite flying and the family game of "milo".

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