x

Society

Tell Greeks to Go Fly a Kite on Clean Monday and They’ll Thank You

GLYFADA, GREECE – Καθαρα Δευτερα/Clean Monday is the first day of Lent, the annual period of spiritual development and preparation for Pascha for Orthodox Christians. In Greece, there is an old tradition of flying a kite on that day, and there were dozens if not hundreds aloft, launched on March 11 by adults and children alike on the slopes of Mt. Ymittos.

The kites are symbolic of the effort to reach the Divine, or at least, to elevate one’s self and to begin to move toward realizing higher aspirations for one’s self and humanity. As such, there is both a religious and secular dimension, and in many parts of Greece, local government funds Clean Monday festivals – it is in fact a national holiday.

The municipality of Glyfada southeast of Athens hosted a Clean Monday party complete with complimentary food – there was vegetable dolmades, halva, and the wonderful lagana – an unleavened flat bread that may have its roots in the Jewish Passover.

While Lent is a time with solemn overtones, repentance and a sincere effort to turn one’s life around – the literal meaning of the word μετάνοια is to change one’s mind or mindset – are the main themes, Clean Monday is a festive occasion, so those people who were not flying their kites joined in the circle dances on the slopes of Mt. Ymittos once the band began to play.

RELATED

ATHENS - Schools of all levels of education will remain closed throughout Attica on Monday and Tuesday, January 24-25, due to extreme weather conditions.

Top Stories

Church

BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.

Church

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

Events

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

Video

Greece: Heavy Snowfall is Expected on Monday, Schools to Remain Closed in Attica (Vid)

ATHENS - Schools of all levels of education will remain closed throughout Attica on Monday and Tuesday, January 24-25, due to extreme weather conditions.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.