12 February

Clean Monday is a feast day taking place on the first day of the seventh week before the Orthodox Easter Sunday. As it marks the beginning of ‘Great Lent’, when Orthodox Christians observe a period of strict prayer and fasting, Clean Monday is often celebrated with picnic feasts and outdoor activities. From the Greek Kathari Deftera, the name ‘Clean Monday’ refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods.

Great Lent corresponds with the Lent of Western Christianity; both take place over a period of forty days and forty nights in direct respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert.

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