literally meaning ‘saying good-bye to meat’ are the 3 weeks leading to the start of lent. The first week being the opening of the book of the Triodion, the 3 holy sacraments, the second week is officially the last week of eating meat before lent. Tsiknopempti, the Thursday of that week is celebrated by char grilling meat. The third week, also known as ‘white week’ is when people ate mainly dairy and eggs.
The last day of the celebrations culminates on Clean Monday, the final day before Lent begins. On this day no meat is eaten, a typical feast today includes shell fish, taramasalata, lagana (a traditional flat bread) and grilled octopus.
Celebrations on the island over the weekend will be taking place at Akis on Saturday night, Castello on Sunday and Lakka on Monday.