Tsiknopempti or ” Smoke Thursday” is the Thursday during Carnival with Ancient Greek origin, it takes place only in Greece and marks the beginning of the Greek Orthodox fasting period before Easter (lent). This day the observant Greek Orthodox...
Every year on March 25th Greeks celebrate a double holiday! The “Greek revolution” where the Greeks celebrate the war of independence against the Ottoman Turks and students parade at every corner of the country.
The second is that Greek Orthodox church celebrates the “Annunciation” by archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the mother of Jesus Christ. March 25th is exactly 9 months before Christmas! This day there is a custom to eat fried Cod fish with garlic sauce ( bakaliaros skordalia) because Lent before Easter has already started and no animals should be eaten. However the Greek Orthodox Church allows an exception and people can eat Cod Fish!
We highly recommend you to try it and if you are in Greece enjoy the parades across the country!!!