Kyra Sarakosti and Revithia (Chickpeas) for Lent

Revithia, chickpea soup. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

Great Lent begins for Orthodox Christians on Kathara Deftera or Clean Monday. The fasting period is known as Sarakosti since it lasts for 40 days, in memory of the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent fasting in the wilderness.

According to tradition, the faithful who strictly adhered to the fasting during Lent in preparation for Pascha, made a salt dough seven-legged woman, the legs representing the 7 weeks of Lent as the symbol of the season. Kyra Sarakosti, …

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