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 beginning of the war of independence against the Ottoman Turks. There is a student parade in every corner of the country, and national flags are flown in front of houses and from balconies.
The second is that Greek Orthodox church celebrates the “Annunciation” by Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she will become the mother of Jesus Christ. March 25th is exactly 9 months before Christmas! On this day the custom is to eat fried Cod fish with garlic sauce ( bakaliaros skordalia) because Lent before Easter has already started and no animal produce 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!!!